Hate speeches: SC seeks response in 10 days

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/13/2022 8:47:58 PM

NEW DELHI, Jan 12: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notices to the Centre and the Uttarakhand government for response within 10 days on the anti-Muslim hate speeches made in Haridwar and Delhi last month.

The notices were issued by a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana on a petition by a Delhi-based journalist Qurban Ali and former Patna High Curt judge Anjana Prakash, who practices in the Supreme Court as a senior advocate.

The petition has sought a direction for investigation and action against those who allegedly made the hate speeches in the two events. It has sought an "independent, credible and impartial investigation" by an SIT into the incidents of alleged hate speeches.

The bench, also comprising Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli, asked the petitioners to give representation to the local authority against holding of future Dharam Sansad' and posted the matter for hearing after 10 days.

The plea, which specifically referred to the alleged hate speeches delivered between the "17th and 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 at Haridwar in Uttarakhand by Yati Narsinghanand and the other in Delhi by 'Hindu Yuva Vahini' allegedly "calling for genocide of members" of a community, the petition said.

 

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