Arrest Muslim Leaders For Hate Speech: Appeals Right-Wing Group To SC

New Delhi: Counter appeals have been filed by two right-wing groups, opposing the plea against the hate speeches made at the religious gatherings in Haridwar and Delhi that evoked public outrage across the country. Both organizations have appealed to the court to make their party to the case.

In the appeal, ‘Muslim leaders be arrested for their hate speeches’ has been demanded by the Hindu Sena president Vishnu Gupta.

The appeal contends that the statements by religious leaders made at Dharam Sansad were responses to attacks on Hindu culture by non-Hindus, and cannot be described as “Hate speech”.

“Efforts are being made to scandalize the spiritual leaders of Hindus… The petitioner belongs to the Muslim community and is not supposed to raise objections against affairs or activities related to Hindu Dharm Sansad (sic),” read the plea, citing the appeal filed by journalist Qurban Ali against the speeches at the religious forums that have evoked outrage in the country.

Vishnu Gupta further demanded that the AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and other Muslim leaders like Waris Pathan be arrested for accusing them of giving hate speeches.

Another organization, the Hindu Front for Justice, contended that since the Supreme Court has agreed to examine hate speeches against Muslims, it should also examine hate speeches against Hindus. In their appeal, they have cited 25 instances of alleged hate speeches against Hindus.

Journalist Qurban Ali and Anjana Prakash, a former judge of the Patna High Court, had filed an appeal against the hate speeches in Haridwar and Delhi, which were condemned by activists and civil society.

Five former chiefs of staff of the armed forces and over a hundred other people including bureaucrats and prominent citizens had written to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the “open call of the genocide of Indian Muslims,” calling upon them to protect the integrity and security of our country.

On January 12, the Supreme Court had issued notice to the Centre, Uttarakhand government, and the Delhi police, seeking an account of the action taken on the issue.

Soon after, the Uttarakhand Police arrested a speaker, Yati Narsinghanand, and Jitendra Narayan Tyagi (called Wazim Rizvi before his conversion) in connection with the case. Both of them are in judicial custody.

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