No Hate Speech At Delhi Dharam Sansad: Police To Supreme Court

New Delhi: The speakers at the “Dharm Sansad,” or religious assembly, in Delhi on December 19 did not make any anti-Muslim remarks, according to the Delhi Police.

“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 informed the Supreme Court.

All complaints filed about the event have been closed as a result of the investigations, it added.

The Delhi Police questioned the petitioners in an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court, accusing them of going to the top court without first approaching the police.

“The allegations made by the petitioners against the police authorities that police authorities are hand in glove with perpetrators of communal hate are baseless and imaginary. The case is based on videotape evidence. There is hardly any scope on the part of investigation agencies to tamper with the evidence or hamper the investigation in any manner,” it said.

The Supreme Court had directed the Uttarakhand government, the Central government, and the Delhi Police to respond to a plea in the “Dharma Sansad” hate speech case on January 12.

The court was considering a petition filed by Justice Anjana Prakash, a former judge of the Patna High Court, and journalist Qurban Ali.

The plea stated that between December 17 and 19, 2021, at two separate events organised in Delhi (by the Hindu Yuva Vahini) and Haridwar (by Yati Narsinghanand), hate speeches were made, consisting of open calls for genocide of Muslims in order to achieve ethnic cleansing.

The appeal stated that “no action has been taken by the Delhi Police in respect to the event conducted in Delhi, despite the fact that open calls for genocide were made therein,” and that “no action has been taken by the Delhi Police in relation to the event held in Delhi.”

The Supreme Court ordered the Uttarakhand government to file a progress report on the steps taken in response to the Haridwar Dharam Sansad hate speech by April 22.

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