New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on March 4 hear Harsh Mander’s plea seeking an FIR against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Anurag Thakur, Kapil Mishra for their controversial speeches made in the recent past. Also Read - India to be Renamed 'Bharat'? Twitter Uses Harpic as Eyedrop to Undo Watching News, Asks Supreme Court to Sort Priorities Amid COVID-19 And Migrant Crisis
The leaders against whom the FIRs have been sought also include BJP MP Parvesh Verma and MLA Abhay Verma. Also Read - 'Close Your Legs': Judge's Advice to Woman, For Prevention of Sexual Assault, Costs Him His Job
The petition was mentioned for urgent listing by senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for the victims of Delhi violence. Also Read - States Should Not Charge Travel Fare From Migrants And Need to Provide Food, Water to Them, Says Supreme Court
This comes after the Delhi High Cout deferred the hearing in Mander’s plea to April 13. Appealing against this order, Mander sought an urgent directive to file FIRs against the aforesaid politicians in the apex court.
Prior to the Delhi High Court’s judgement, Justices S Muralidhar and Talwant Singh pulled up the Delhi Police for their alleged inaction when the violence broke out in the national capital last week. Justice Muralidhar also gave Delhi Police 24 hours to take a ‘conscious decision’ on filing the FIRs. However, Justice Muralidhar was later transferred to the Punjab and Haryana court.
Following which, on February 27, a Bench comprising Justice DN Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar granted the central government four weeks to file a counter-affidavit.
Meanwhile, a Delhi Court today deferred till April 23 the order on a complaint seeking registration of FIR against BJP leaders Anurag Thakur & Parvesh Verma. The Complaint was filed by CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat against 2 BJP leaders for their alleged hate speeches during the Delhi assembly polls.