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Supreme Court to hear plea against Haridwar ‘hate speech’ tomorrow

The Supreme Court had agreed to hear the matter raised by the plea filed by journalist Qurban Ali and senior advocate and former Patna HC judge Anjana Prakash

The Supreme Court will tomorrow hear a PIL seeking an independent inquiry into the alleged hate speech made at the recently held Dharm Sansad in Haridwar. The matter will be heard by a bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana.

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court had agreed to hear the matter after taking note of the submission that no action has been taken against those who made the hate speeches despite the registration of FIR by Uttarakhand Police.

Journalist Qurban Ali and former High Court judge and senior advocate Anjana Prakash filed the petition, seeking a direction for the Supreme Court for “an independent, credible and impartial investigation” by an SIT into the incidents of hate speeches against the Muslim community.

The plea, which specifically referred to the “hate” speeches delivered between “the 17th & 19th of December 2021 at and Delhi”, has sought compliance with the guidelines of the Supreme Court to deal with such speeches as well.

One of the events in question was organised in by firebrand Hindutva leader Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati and the other in by Hindu Yuva Vahini, “calling for a genocide of members” — in the words of the petitioners — of a community.

Uttarakhand Police filed the FIR on 23 December 2021 under various provisions of the IPC against some persons including Waseem Rizvi-turned-Jitendra Narayan Tyagi, Sant Dharamdas Maharaj, Sadhvi Annapoorna alias Pooja Shakun Pandey, Yati Narsinghanand and Sagar Sindhu Maharaj.

A similar complaint was filed with Police for the second event organised in the national capital. The plea said no effective step had been taken by the police forces of Uttarakhand and Delhi.

So far, no FIR has been lodged by the Police despite calls for ethnic cleansing at the event organised here, the complainant alleged.

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