The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a petition challenging the Tripura Police’s decision to file first information reports against journalists, lawyers and activists under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for social media posts about communal violence in the state, Live Law reported.

Earlier this week, the state police booked 102 Twitter handles under the anti-terror law, claiming that authorities wanted to stop the spread of rumours that could disrupt peace in the state.

On Thursday, advocate Prashant Bhushan mentioned the petition before a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana.

“This is regarding incidents in Tripura and FIRs and 41 A notices issued to lawyers who went on fact finding mission, as some tweeted that Tripura is burning,” he said.

The chief justice suggested that the petition can be heard by the High Court. However, Bhushan said that the petition has also challenged two provisions of the anti-terror law, which are “being misused and abused at great deal”, including the wide definition of “unlawful activities”.

He urged Ramana to take up the matter urgently as those booked are “imminently under threat”. The chief justice agreed to fix a date for the hearing.

After attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh last month, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad had organised a protest rally in Tripura on October 26, which led…

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