New Delhi: The Delhi High Court will on Friday take up the petition seeking the lodging of FIRs against BJP leaders Anurag Thakur, Kapil Mishra and Parvesh Verma for their inflammatory speeches that incited hate and allegedly led to last week’s communal riots in northeast Delhi. Also Read - BJP Leaders From Outside Campaigning in Bengal Responsible For COVID-19 Surge: Mamata Banerjee
The Delhi HC had earlier adjourned the matter till April 13 after a heated debate in the courtroom that led to Justice S Muralidhar’s transfer to Punjab and Haryana High Court. Notably, Justice Muralidhar was heading the High Court bench that was hearing the plea against Delhi Police. Also Read - EC Curtails Campaign Timing Up To 7 PM, Extends Silence Period As COVID Cases Soar In Bengal
However, a Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, preponed the matter on Wednesday by six weeks maintaining that a long adjournment in such matters is “not justified”. It has also asked the HC to explore the possibility of a peaceful resolution of the subject dispute without any delay. Also Read - Mamata Banerjee Urges EC To Merge Remaining Phases of Bengal Polls Into One Amid COVID Cases Surge
“We are not on the merits. We think adjournment by the high court for such a long period was not necessary and was not justified,” the court noted.
A case in hand
A horrific riot-like situation erupted in northeast Delhi last week after two groups of protestors of pro- and anti-Citizenship law broke into a clash in Jaffrabad. As the situation escalated with numerous deaths over communal violence, a two-judge bench of the Delhi High Court turned to Delhi Police asking them why the situation could not be contained.
Expressing displeasure while hearing a plea by Harsh Mander seeking an independent enquiry on the provocative sloganeering of BJP leaders like ‘Goli Maaro‘ during Delhi poll rallies, Justice S Muralidhar had reprimanded the police officials, directed it to watch the videotapes and take a conscious decision on filing FIRs against inflammatory speeches.
Much hue and cry erupted in the courtroom as Justice Muralidhar ensured the video clips were played with senior police officials present in the room to watch it. If reports are to be believed, this even caused his sudden transfer from the Delhi High Court hours later.
A total of 53 deaths were reported earlier on Thursday even as last week’s communal violence have subsided.
After serving years of excellence, Justice S Muralidhar on Thursday evening spent his final day at Delhi HC and apprised his fellow judges and lawyers on his transfer to Punjab and Haryana High Court.
A huge controversy broke out following the hearing on Delhi Police’s inaction over the hate speeches on February 26. Hours after a bench headed by the Chief Justice pulled up police officials for failing to register FIRs and contain the violence that had gripped Northeast Delhi, the Centre had issued a notification of Justice Muralidhar’s transfer to Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Speaking at his farewell function in the Delhi High Court, he acknowledged that he had received such a recommendation on February 17, to which he said he had ‘no problem’. Addressing the gathering, he noted, “When justice has to triumph, it will triumph. Be with the truth – justice will be done.”