New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that all the petitions related to the recent communal violence in northeast Delhi should be listed before the Delhi High Court on Friday, thus turning down the Centre’s plea seeking more time. Also Read - Delhi Violence: Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Activist Harsh Mander's Plea, Pulls Him up for 'Provocative Speech'
CJI SA Bobde-headed three-judge bench also observed that ‘the matter should be heard as expeditiously as possible.’ Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant are also on the bench. Also Read - Supreme Court to Hear Plea Seeking Hate Speech FIRs Against BJP Leaders Today
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The Supreme Court had agreed to hear the plea after the Delhi High Court, last week, deferred hearing in the case to April 13, prompting the petitioners to move the top court. The petition, filed by ten victims of violence in the northeast Delhi, sought FIRs against BJP leaders like Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma, accusing them of giving them ‘hate speeches’ which directly triggered communal clashes in the region.
The petitioners had also sought setting up of an SIT comprising officers from outside Delhi to probe the violence and deployment of the Army to restore law and order in the affected areas.
The violence initially began on February 23 as a clash between pro- and anti-CAA groups in Maujpur. A day later, however, it escalated into full-blown communal riots and continued on Tuesday as well. The situation, however, has been calm since Wednesday after NSA Ajit Doval was sent in to restore law and order in the violence-hit areas.
The death toll in the violence has reached 47.