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Hate Speech Row: Supreme Court Issues Notice To Uttarakhand Government, Seeks Reply Within 10 Days
For the unversed, the event in Haridwar was organised by Yati Narsinghanand and that in Delhi by the 'Hindu Yuva Vahini', and these allegedly called 'for genocide of members' of a community.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to Uttarakhand on a petition seeking an independent probe into the Dharm Sansad or religious assembly hate speeches case. While hearing a petition filed by a former judge of Patna High Court Justice Anjana Prakash and journalist Qurban Ali, a bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana, and Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli asked the Uttarakhand government to respond within 10 days.
The plea, which specifically referred to the ‘hate’ speeches delivered between ‘the 17th and 19th of December 2021 at Haridwar and Delhi’, has also sought compliance with the apex court’s guidelines to deal with such speeches. For the unversed, the event in Haridwar which had allegedly called ‘for the genocide of members’ of a community was organised by Yati Narsinghanand.
Furthermore, the plead said, “No effective steps have been taken by Uttarakhand and Delhi police. Till date no FIR has been lodged by the Delhi Police despite calls for ethnic cleansing at the event organised here.”
However, on December 23, the Uttarakhand Police had said that an FIR under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code had been filed against some persons including Wasim Rizvi, Sant Dharamdas Maharaj, Sadhvi Annapoorna alias Pooja Shakun Pandey, Yati Narsinghanand, and Sagar Sindhu Maharaj.
A similar complaint has been filed with the Delhi Police for the event organised in the national capital.