SC Refuses to Stay Proceedings Against Aumkareshwar Thakur, Alleged Sulli Deal App Creator

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On the plea by Aumkareshwar Thakur seeking to club all FIRs against him, the apex court bench wondered whether the plea can be allowed since the accused has been charged for different offences for distinct acts and also in connection with the development of two apps -- Sulli Deals and Bulli Bai.

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NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay the court proceedings in the multiple cases registered against Aumkareshwar Thakur, the alleged creator of the “Sulli Deals” mobile application which was used to do an online auction of several Muslim women, according to reports.

The apex court, however, agreed to issue a notice on a plea by Aumkareshwar Thakur seeking to club all FIRs against him.

A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and M.M. Sundresh wondered whether the plea can be allowed since the accused has been charged for different offences for distinct acts and also in connection with the development of two apps — Sulli Deals and Bulli Bai.

The bench observed, “There are different offences. One is Sulli deals and another is Bulli bai. Can different offences be clubbed?” The bench further queried, if with respect to each website there is different proceedings, could it be possible to say whatever uploaded is confined to one place?

Justice Kaul told the petitioner’s counsel, “You have uploaded photos of various people and each is an aggrieved party”.

However, the top court sought response from Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Maharashtra governments. The bench noted that there were multiple uploads on the app, and there were different FIRs in connection with it. The top court refused to stay the probe. In the Sulli deals case, a Delhi court had earlier granted bail to Thakur, who was arrested in January this year.

When the bench agreed to issue notice, the counsel requested for a stay on the proceedings in the cases against him. Chargesheets have been filed in the FIRs lodged in Delhi, Noida and Mumbai.

“Only notice now. We have our doubts”, the bench said, reports Livelaw.

Thakur allegedly developed Sulli Deals, an open-source app containing photographs and personal information of Muslim women. Thakur was represented by senior advocate Rajeev Sharma along with advocates Sahil Bhalaik & Tushar Giri.

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