SC agrees to hear plea on hate speeches made at ‘Dharam Sansad’ in Haridwar

Provocative and communal speeches were made against minority communities during a three-day "Dharam Sansad" in Haridwar from 17-19 Dec 2021

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The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a PIL filed against hate speeches made at the three-day-long ‘Dharam Sansad’ held in Haridwar, targeting Muslims and calling for violence and assassination.

Senior advocate Kapil Sabil mentioned the matter before the Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, stating, “We’re living in different times where slogans in the country have changed from Satyamev Jayate to Shashtramev Jayate.”

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal told the Supreme Court that the Dharm Sansad hate speech issue is “very dangerous”. “An FIR has been registered but no action or arrest has been made so far,” I request the Supreme Court to take cognisance of the matter,” .Without the intervention of your lordships no action will be taken.” Following this, the CJI agreed to take up the matter.

Provocative and communal speeches were made against minority communities during a three-day “Dharam Sansad” or religious assembly held in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar from December 17 to December 19. Several Hindu religious leaders, who addressed the gathering, called upon the community to take up arms against Muslims as they gave a clarion call for a ‘Hindu nation’.

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The plea has been filed by journalist Qurban Ali and former Patna High Court judge, Justice Anjana Prakash, seeking the apex court’s intervention and an independent and impartial probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the matter.

On January 1, Uttarakhand police added the names of Yati Narsinghanand and Sagar Sindhuraj Maharaj in the FIR registered in connection with the three-day ‘Dharam Sansad’, taking the total number of accused to five. A day later, a second FIR was filed naming Jitendra Narayan Tyagi, along with “unidentified others”.

During the 17-19 December religious conclave, repeated calls were allegedly given by several speakers to wage a war against Muslims and reduce their population in India. Narsinghanand, who is already facing several FIRs in UP, called for a “war against Muslims” and urged “Hindus to take up weapons” to ensure a “Muslim didn’t become the Prime Minister in 2029.”

 

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