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Haridwar hate speech case: Supreme Court issues notice on plea seeking investigation

The plea specifically referred to hate speeches delivered at an event in Haridwar organised by Yati Narsinghanand and another in Delhi by ‘Hindu Yuva Vahini’. Speakers allegedly called for the “genocide of members” of a community, the PIL stated.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: January 13, 2022 2:56:30 am
Yati NarsinghanandAt the event, Yati Narsinghanand, facing several FIRs in UP, called for a “war against Muslims” and urged “Hindus to take up weapons” to ensure a “Muslim didn’t become the Prime Minister in 2029.” (File photo)

The Supreme Court Wednesday issued notice on a PIL seeking probe into the alleged hate speech by participants at two separate events in Haridwar and Delhi on December 17 and 21, 2021.

A bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana issued the notice on the plea by Delhi resident Qurban Ali and Senior Advocate Anjana Prakash.

Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal appearing for the petitioners sought an early listing of the matter saying another dharam sansad has been scheduled for January 23.
But the bench pointed out that some related matters already seemed to be pending before other benches and it will have to look into this first before listing the matter. It said it will only restrict itself to issuing the notice for the present.

“We will issue notice. List after 10 days. We will see if it’s connected to any other matters. If not we will hear it separately,” the bench, comprising Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli, said.

The court also allowed the petitioners to make representation to local authorities regarding their concerns about similar events scheduled in other places, ‘which according to petitioners is contrary to settled law as well as other judgements of the court”.

The plea specifically referred to hate speeches delivered at an event in Haridwar organised by Yati Narsinghanand and another in Delhi by ‘Hindu Yuva Vahini’. Speakers allegedly called for the “genocide of members” of a community, the PIL stated.

The plea stated “the aforementioned hate speeches consisted of open calls for genocide of Muslims in order to achieve ethnic cleansing. It is pertinent to note that the said speeches are not mere hate speeches but amount to an open call for murder of an entire community. The said speeches thus, pose a grave threat not just to the unity and integrity of our country but also endanger the lives of millions of Muslim citizens”.

It said that “no effective steps have been taken by the Police authorities” in the matter and added that though police have registered two FIRs against 10 people who took part in the Haridwar Dharam Sansad, only Sections 153A, 295A and 298 of the IPC have been made.

Appearing for the petitioners, Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, urged the bench to read the transcript of the inflammatory speeches made in Haridwar, Live Law reported. He demanded that the case be heard next on January 17, adding that such events are also being organised in other parts of the country

The plea said “it is also relevant to note that no action whatsoever has been taken by the Delhi Police in relation with the event held in Delhi despite the fact that open calls for genocide, that are available on the internet, were made therein”.

It contended that the “recent speeches are a part of a series of similar speeches that we have come across in the past” and added that the “not only the inaction of the Police allows delivery of hate speeches with impunity but also shows that the Police authorities are in fact hand in glove with the perpetrators of communal hate”.

“That the contents of the speech feed into an already prevailing discourse which seeks to reimagine the Indian Republic as exclusivist, and that which has no space for other cultures, traditions and practices. Such a discourse is in itself violative of constitutional guarantees provided to minority cultures and religions in India’, it said adding that “the impact of such repeated speeches shows a rise in structural…and physical violence”.

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