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Court rejects FIR against Geelani for ‘hate speech’

The court said the offence did not fall in its jurisdiction and the probe could not be carried out under the IPC as it is not applicable to J&K.

New Delhi |
Updated: March 28, 2014 1:37:48 am

A Delhi court on Thursday dismissed a plea seeking the lodging of an FIR against hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and three others for allegedly instilling “hatred” among the people of Kashmir and other parts of India.

Metropolitan Magistrate Vijeta Singh Rawat turned down the plea against Geelani, Tehreek-E-Hurriyat general secretary Mohd Ashraf Sahrai and Hurriyat Conference members Masarat Alam Bhat and Ghulam Nabi Sumji, saying the alleged offences were committed in Jammu and Kashmir. The court said the offence did not fall in its jurisdiction and the probe could not be carried out under the IPC as it is not applicable to J&K. The penal provision in J&K is under Ranbir Penal Code.

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