Haridwar Hate Speech: SC Agrees to Hear Plea on Hate Speeches Delivered at Dharam Sansad

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking criminal action against those who made hate speeches against minority communities during the recent Dharam Sansad’ held at Uttrakhand’s Haridwar.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana noted submissions of senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the petitioners that no action has been taken against those who made the hate speeches despite registration of FIR.

On 23 December, the Uttarakhand Police registered a case against Wasim Rizvi alias Jitendra Narayan Tyagi and several others under Indian Penal Code Section 153A (punishment promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, etc).

Former Patna High Court Judge Anjana Prakash and journalist Qurban Ali had filed the PIL.

Sibal said, “I have moved this PIL in respect of what happened in Dharam Sansad in Haridwar on December 17, and 19th. We are living in difficult times where slogan in country has changed from ‘Satyamev Jayate’ to ‘Shasatra-mev Jayate’.”

“Alright,” the CJI agreed to take up the matter.

Asking the Supreme Court to take suo motu cognisance of the matter, seventy-six advocates of the Top Court had written to CJI on December 26, 2021.

Violent hate speeches, calling for the genocide of Muslims were delivered by several Hindutva leaders at a three-day conclave, organised by the controversial Hindutva leader Yati Narsinghanand held at Haridwar from 17 to 19 December.

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