Hate speech: Hindu outfits move SC, seek action against Muslim leaders, clerics

Cite several instances of alleged hate speech by Akbaruddin Owaisi, Waris Pathan, AAP leader Amanatullah Khan, Islamiic preacher Taukeer Raza and Urdu poet Munawar Rana

Hate speech: Hindu outfits move SC, seek action against Muslim leaders, clerics

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Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 23

Ahead of the hearing on a PIL seeking action against those who delivered hate speeches during the Haridwar ‘Dharam Sansad’ last month, two Hindu groups have moved the Supreme Court seeking a probe into similar speeches by Muslim politicians and clerics against Hindus.

Lucknow-based Hindu Front for Justice and Delhi-based Hindu Sena wanted the top court to direct the state governments concerned to state governments to register FIRs against the Muslim leaders/clerics who delivered provocative against Hindus.

Such utterances created an atmosphere of fear and unrest in the Hindu community reminding them of the working of Muslim League which resulted in India’s partition.

They cited several instances of hate speech by Muslim leaders/clerics, including those by All India Majlis-e Ittehadul Muslimeen leaders Akbaruddin Owaisi and Waris Pathan, AAP leader Amanatullah Khan, Islamiic preacher Taukeer Raza and Urdu poet Munawar Rana.

Hindu Front for Justice alleged that “some leader and preachers of Muslim community have been propagating against Hindu religion, community, their gods and goddesses and even against the sovereignty of India. The provocative speeches delivered by Muslim leaders have created an atmosphere of fear and unrest in Hindu community reminding them of the working of Muslim League which resulted in the partition of the country”.

The Supreme Court had on January 12 issued notice to the Centre, Uttarakhand Government and Delhi Police on a PIL seeking action against those responsible for delivering hate speeches during the ‘Dharam Sansad’ held at Haridwar and an event organized by ‘Hindu Yuva Vahini’ in Delhi last month.

Asking them to respond to the PIL filed by journalist Qurban Ali and senior advocate Anjana Prakash, a Bench led by CJI NV Ramana had posted the matter for further hearing after 10 days. It’s likely to come up for hearing in the week beginning on January 24.

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