New Delhi: The Supreme Court will today hear a plea seeking lodging of FIRs against BJP leaders Anurag Thakur, Parvesh Verma, Kapil Mishra and Abhay Verma for their purported hate speeches that allegedly led to the recent violence in Delhi. Also Read - Cryptocurrency in India: Supreme Court to Deliver Judgement on Pleas Challenging RBI Circular Tomorrow
The petition filed by 10 victims of the recent violence in Delhi, is scheduled to be heard by a bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and comprising Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant. Also Read - 'Internal Matter': India After UN Body Moves Supreme Court Over CAA
Apart from seeking FIRs against BJP leaders, the petition demands an SIT with officers from outside Delhi to investigate the violence and a probe by an inquiry committee headed by a retired judge to look at the police’s role in the clashes. Also Read - No Need to Refer Petitions Challenging Abrogation of Article 370 to Larger Bench: Supreme Court
Petitioners have also demanded that the Army should be called in to maintain law and order in the affected areas of northeast Delhi.
The Delhi High Court had last week given the police four weeks to give an update on action against the leaders, accused of inciting violence over citizenship law protest.
Advocate Colin Gonsalves said the case, filed by victims, had been adjourned for a month by the High Court after the transfer of Justice S Muralidhar, who had urged tough and prompt action against the hate speeches.
”We went to the High Court. A notice was issued. It was carried to Thursday. The judge was transferred. The High Court Chief Justice adjourned the case for six weeks. It is urgent. People are killed at the rate of 10 per day,” Gonsalves said.
Speaking on the matter, CJI SA Bobde said, “We are not saying people should die but this kind of pressure the court can’t handle. It raises expectations that this court can stop rioting. We can only step in once something has happened.”
“We will hear the matter but it must be understood that the court comes on to the scene after something is done. The court cannot stop it. We wish for peace but we know there are limitations on our power”, he added.