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SC to govt: Show courage,act against hate speeches

Favouring a crackdown on hate speeches by politicians and religious leaders,the Supreme Court on Monday asked the Central and state governments

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 30, 2013 1:50 am

Favouring a crackdown on hate speeches by politicians and religious leaders,the Supreme Court on Monday asked the Central and state governments to “show cou-rage” and take concrete steps for checking such utterances.

“Some action has to be taken against those people. You should have courage. These types of speeches disturb the basic fabric of the country,” observed a Bench,led by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir,while seeking responses from all the states on the issue.

“You have to examine that in some way these things can be checked. There is a need to take concrete steps. These things are not good for the health of the country,” urged the Bench as Additional Solicitor General Sidharth Luthra said that it was for the states to take action against those indulging in such speeches.

The Bench was hearing a PIL filed by NGO Pravasi Bhalai Sangthan through advocate Ravi C Prakash. The PIL has sought framing of guidelines for curbing hate speeches by politicians and leaders who belong to various social and religious organisations. During the hearing,the Election Commission of India said it has already made recommendation for amendment in the law to get powers to deal with the issue since they presently lacked any legal authority in the matter.

As the court pointed that there are existing penal provisions and states should take action under them,the counsel for Maharashtra government said that action were being taken and that five FIRs had been registered against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray in this regard.

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