Supreme Court asks Delhi police to file a “better affidavit” on its “no hate speech” stand at Hindu Yuva Vahini event

The Supreme Court on Friday expressed dissatisfaction at the affidavit filed by Delhi Police which stated that the speeches made by Sudarshan News Editor Suresh Chavhanke at Hindu Yuva Vahini meet in Delhi didn’t amount to hate speech.

A bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and Abhay S Oka was hearing a PIL filed by journalist Qurban Ali and Senior Advocate Anjana Prakash (former judge of the Patna High Court) seeking criminal action against alleged anti-Muslim hate speeches made at the Dharam Sansad and the Hindu Yuva Vahini meet held at Haridwar and Delhi respectively in December 2021.

During the right-wing event, Chavhanke urged people to take provocative oaths, saying, “We pledge to make this country a Hindu rashtra. We shall fight for it, die for and if need be, kill for it.”

Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal appearing for the petitioners flagged the Delhi Police affidavit, which had said, “Their motive was to save the ethics of the community.”

What are this ethics?,” Sibal questioned.

“This affidavit has been filed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police. Has he merely reproduced the inquiry report by sub inspector level. Does he approve of this stand?,” asked Justice AM Khanwilkar.

The Court has asked them to file a “better affidavit” by May 4 and the matter will be heard next on May 9.

In the previous hearing last week, the Police had told the Apex court that in its inquiry into the alleged hate speech video, it had found that “no such words were used which mean or could be interpreted as ‘open calls for genocide of Muslims in order to achieve ethnic cleansing or an open call for murder of an entire community”.

“In-depth investigation of the video and other material found that no hate speech was given against any community. Therefore, after investigation and evaluation of the purported video clip, it was concluded that the alleged speech contained no hate speech against a particular community,” the Delhi Police stated.

It further said that the people had gathered at the Yuva Vahini meet “with the motive to save the ethics of their community”.

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