FIR filed charges for fostering enmity and hurting religious feelings, Delhi Police told SC

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07 May 2022 23:15 STI

New Delhi [India]May 7 (ANI): Delhi Police told the Supreme Court that they had filed a First Information Report (FIR) in the alleged hate speech case involving Delhi Dharam Sansad.
In a new affidavit, Delhi Police said an “investigation will be conducted in accordance with law”.
He said the FIR was registered for offenses under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between religious groups), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage the religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or its religious beliefs) and 298 (pronunciation, words, etc., with the deliberate intention of hurting the religious feelings of any person) in Okhla industrial zone, South East district of Delhi.
The new Delhi Police affidavit was filed on a plea filed by former High Court judge and senior barrister Anjana Prakash and journalist Qurban Ali calling for an independent investigation into the alleged hate speech targeting the Muslim community delivered in Dharm Sansad in Haridwar and Delhi.
Earlier, the High Court expressed displeasure with the affidavit filed by the Delhi Police which stated that there were no cases of hate speech against the Muslim community during the Yuva Vahini Hindu event. held in Delhi on December 19 last year and asked him to file a “better affidavit”.

After that, the Delhi Police acknowledged in front of the bench that they needed to review their affidavit and would file a new affidavit.
In their affidavit, the Delhi Police said that “no specific words against any particular community were used. They also maintained that Sudarshan News TV Editor Suresh Chavhanke’s speech at the Hindu event Yuva Vahini at Govindpuri in Delhi did not constitute hate speech as none of the words used in Chavhanke’s speech could create an environment of paranoia against any religion.”
The plea had stated that between 17 and 19 December 2021, at two separate events held in Delhi (by Hindu Yuva Vahini) and Haridwar (by Yati Narsinghanand), hate speech was held, consisting of open calls for the genocide of Muslims in order to achieve ethnic cleansing.
The plea had said that it is pertinent to note that no action was taken by the Uttarakhand and Delhi Police in relation to the event held there despite open appeals genocide, available on the Internet, were launched there.
The plea had also highlighted a video that had gone viral where a police officer was seen acknowledging his allegiance to the offenders. (ANI)

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