Sharma’s ‘loose tongue’ has set entire country on fire: SC

NEW DELHI   -  The Indian Supreme Court on Friday rebuked the former spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Nupur Sharma for her blasphemous remarks on Prophet Hazrat Muhammad Khatam-ul-Nabiyeen Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam saying her loose tongue has set the entire country on fire.

The court also asked her to appear on a TV channel and apologise to the whole nation. The judge was hearing Sharma's petition seeking to club different investigations ongoing against her in several parts of the country.

Her blasphemous remarks in a TV debate had sparked violence in some parts of the country and also led to Islamic nations registering strong protests with India. Her lawyer told the court that she has apologised and withdrawn her comments.

The court also said being a spokesperson of a party does not give a license to say anything hurtful. "We saw the debate on how she was incited. But the way she said all this and later says she was a lawyer, it is shameful. She should apologise to the whole country," NDTV quoted Justice Surya Kant as saying.

According to India Today, the court noted that Sharma's comments were made either for "cheap publicity, a political agenda or for some nefarious activities". The court also said that she had "threatened the security of the nation". "A spokesperson can't make such statements. Sometimes power goes into the heads of people and they think they are everything. Why didn't she (Sharma) file a case against the ones who instigated her to make these statements?" the SC bench said.