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Manish Kashyap Case: Supreme Court Seeks Replies from Bihar and Tamil Nadu Governments on Clubbing of FIRs Against YouTuber Manish Kashyap

New Delhi, April 11 ( : Manish Kashyap Case- The Supreme Court has issued notices to the governments of Bihar and Tamil Nadu in response to a plea by YouTuber Manish Kashyap. Kashyap was arrested for allegedly sharing fake videos about attacks on migrant laborers and has requested the clubbing of FIRs lodged against him.

Facing five prosecutions in two states, Kashyap’s lawyer, senior advocate Siddhartha Dave, argued that one offense cannot lead to multiple cases. He cited journalist Arnab Goswami’s case as an example and asked that the Bihar FIR be considered the lead FIR.

Justice Karol lightened the mood during the hearing, jokingly stating that he too was a migrant from Bihar. Justice Murari added that this statement spoke volumes.

Dave emphasized that his client does not understand the language in Tamil Nadu and requested a hands-off approach in other FIRs. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing Tamil Nadu, countered that Kashyap had already been detained under the National Security Act and that the matter was not a simple one. Sibal sought time to file a reply.

After considering the submissions, the bench issued a notice to the Centre, Tamil Nadu, and Bihar governments and scheduled the matter for further hearing on April 21. The court also asked for responses to Kashyap’s plea within a week.

Earlier this month, Kashyap appeared before the Madurai district court, which remanded him to judicial custody for 15 days. He and others are facing charges for allegedly circulating fake videos of migrant workers being attacked in Tamil Nadu.

Kashyap’s plea seeks the clubbing of all the FIRs registered against him in Tamil Nadu with those lodged in Bihar.

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