March 23, 2023

SC to hear plea against Haridwar hate speech on January 12 | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will on Wednesday hear a PIL seeking an independent inquiry into the hate speech made at the recently held “Dharam Sansad” in Haridwar.
The matter will be heard by a bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana, ANI reported.
Earlier this week, the top court had agreed to hear the matter after taking note of the submission that no action has been taken against those who made the hate speeches despite registration of FIR by the Uttarakhand police.
The petition was filed by journalist Qurban Ali and former Patna high court judge and senior advocate Anjana Prakash.
They have sought a direction for “an independent, credible and impartial investigation” by an SIT into the incidents of hate speeches against the Muslim community.
The plea, which specifically referred to the “hate” speeches delivered between “the 17th & 19th of December 2021 at Haridwar and Delhi”, has also sought compliance of apex court’s guidelines to deal with such speeches.
One event was organised in Haridwar by one Yati Narsinghanand and the other in Delhi by ‘Hindu Yuva Vahini’ allegedly “calling for genocide of members” of a community.
The Uttarakhand police have filed the FIR on December 23, 2021 under various provisions of the IPC against some persons including Wasim Rizvi, Sant Dharamdas Maharaj, Sadhvi Annapoorna alias Pooja Shakun Pandey, Yati Narsinghanand and Sagar Sindhu Maharaj.
A similar complaint has been filed with Delhi Police for the second event organised in the national capital.
The plea said no effective steps have been taken by Uttarakhand and Delhi police.
Till date no FIR has been lodged by the Delhi Police despite calls for ethnic cleansing at the event organised here, it said.
(With inputs from PTI)

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