An FIR has been lodged against All-India Majlis Ittehadul Muslimin (AIMIM) leader and MP Asaduddin Owaisi by Delhi police on the directions by a city court for his alleged “hate speech” in June last year.
The FIR was lodged at Farsh Bazaar police station Thursday, a week after a court issued its orders on a plea filed by Hindu Mahasabha member Ajay Gautam, alleging the speech made by Owaisi, where he had used “derogatory” and “inflammatory” words to describe the BJP government at the Centre, constituted “hate speech’.
The FIR includes charges under Section 153 A (promoting enmity between groups), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 120B (criminal conspiracy ) as well as sections 66A, 66F and 67 of the IT Act that relate to “objectionable” speech and cyber terrorism.
The FIR contains the plea, alleging that the AIMIM leader’s speech was a “hate speech and created terror and fear in the minds of the other community”. In its order issued February 18, the court noted under the SC directions, police were bound to register an FIR “whenever a cognisable offence had been disclosed.”