By Scroll Staff

The Supreme Court on Tuesday quashed a first information report registered by the Madhya Pradesh Police in connection with a book in the library of a government-run college in Indore that Hindutva organisations claimed was “Hinduphobic” and “anti-national”, Live Law reported.

A bench of Justices BR Gavai and Sandeep Mehta was hearing a special leave petition by Inamur Rahman, the former principal of the Government New Law College, challenging an April 30 order of the Madhya Pradesh High Court that refused to stay the first information report filed against him.

On April 30, the Madhya Pradesh High Court rejected Rahman’s petition seeking to put on hold the police investigation against him till it decided on his petition to quash the first information report, The Print reported. The High Court had said that the former principal was already on anticipatory bail and adjourned the matter.

The state government has also filed a caveat, or an application seeking to be heard before any order was passed, in the case.

During the hearing on Tuesday, the Supreme Court asked why the state government was interested in filing a caveat. “Clearly, it seems to be a case of persecution,” the bench said. “Somebody is interested in troubling him [Rahman].”

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