The Supreme Court issued a notice in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking investigation and action against those who allegedly made hate speeches during two events held recently in Haridwar and the national capital.
The bench hearing the plea comprises Chief Justice N V Ramana and justices, Surya Kant and Hima Kohli.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the petitioners, requested the bench to read the transcript of the inflammatory speeches made during the Haridwar conclave. “It’s happening in states where the process of elections is going on,” he said.
It’s happening in states where the process of elections is going on. No arrests have happened, the country’s atmosphere vitiated, it’s contrary to what this . Republic stands for, ethos & values we cherish, it is incitement of violence!
The petition was filed by journalist Qurban Ali and former Patna High Court judge and senior advocate Anjana Prakash have sought a direction for an “independent, credible and impartial investigation”. By an SIT into the incidents of hate speeches against the Muslim community. On Monday, a bench headed by the CJI had taken note of the submissions of senior advocates. Kapil Sibal that no action has been taken against those who made the hate speeches despite the registration of FIR by Uttarakhand Police.
“I have moved this PIL in respect of what happened in Dharam Sansad in Haridwar on December 17 and 19. We are living in difficult times where the slogan in the country has changed from ‘Satyamev Jayate’ to ‘Shastramev Jayate’,” Sibal had said. The FIR filed but no arrests made, the senior lawyer had said, adding that no action would be possible without the intervention of this court.
The bench had said that it would take up the matter for hearing. 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 with the apex court’s guidelines to deal with such speeches. One event organized in Haridwar by Yati Narsinghanand and the other in Delhi. By ‘Hindu Yuva Vahini’ allegedly “calling for the genocide of members” of a community, it said.
The Uttarakhand Police filed the FIR on December 23 under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code against some persons including Sant Dharamdas Maharaj. Also Sadhvi Annapoorna alias Pooja Shakun Pandey, Yati Narsinghanand, and Sagar Sindhu Maharaj. The plea said that no effective steps taken by Uttarakhand and Delhi police. To date no FIR lodged by the Delhi Police despite calls for ethnic cleansing at the event organized here, it said. Besides this petition, another plea filed in the apex court by the Jamiat. Ulama-i-Hind to ban anti-Muslim speeches and programs like the ‘Dharma Sansad’.
The petition has demanded stern legal action against those who allegedly threatened to massacre Muslims. Also said it was not just a matter of religion but of the. Constitution, law, unity, and integrity of the country. “Hate speeches and statements against Muslims have suddenly intensified in the country in recent times,” the plea said.
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