J-K woman who had referred to Gen Rawat as ‘war criminal’ released on bail

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Sabbah Haji, the former director of Haji Public School was released on bail pursuant to bonds executed under Sections 107 and 108 of the Code of Criminal Procedure after she referred to Chief of Defence Staff late General Bipin Rawat as a ‘war criminal’ on social media soon after his death in a helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu.

According to Bar and Bench, Executive Magistrate of Doda district in Jammu and Kashmir passed an order to that effect in exercise of powers under Sections 107 (security for keeping the peace),108 (security for good behaviour from persons disseminating seditious matters) and 151 (arrest to prevent the commission of cognisable offences) of the Code of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

Sabbah’s posts were shared by many people across the country and a demand was raised for initiating legal action against her.

The Executive Magistrate of district Doda had taken cognisance of the matter and started an investigation.

“Bail was granted to her on condition that she will remain present at women’s police station Doda from 10 AM to 02 PM for three days, December 14 to 17, and shall appear before the Executive Magistrate Doda on December 17”, an official told Bar & Bench.

A demand was raised by many people and different media sections to shut down Haji Public School at Doda, where she has performed as director as well as teacher.

Taking a serious note of people’s negative reactions towards the Haji Public School, its management had issued a public note to clarify that Sabbah’s remark about Rawat was not the views of the institution.

“The Haji Public School management would like to clarify that a recent distasteful media post during the rounds has nothing to do with the school and that the said person has acted in their individual capacity after their tenure with the school ended. Ms Sabbah Haji is not associated with Haji Public School in any official capacity,” the school management had informed publicly on its official page.

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