Supreme Court to hear hate speech case during “Dharma Sansad” in Haridwar

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear a case of hate speech including an open call for massacre carried out at a “Dharma Sansad” in Haridwar.

“We will hear the matter,” Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said today, responding to a petition raised in the court by senior advocate and Congress leader Kapil Sibal.

“We have filed a PIL on the incidents at the Dharma Sansad in Haridwar. The slogan of the country has changed from Satyamev Jayate to Sashastramev Jayate,” Sibal said. The Supreme Court has been urged to take action against the controversial religious gathering last month.

The Chief Justice asked, “We will look into it. Has the inquiry not already been done.” Sibal said only an FIR was registered.

In the religious gathering held on 17–19 December, various religious leaders made derogatory speeches calling for the use of weapons against Muslims.

After much outrage and condemnation, Uttarakhand Police earlier registered an FIR in the name of only one person – Waseem Rizvi, who converted to religion and has become Jitendra Tyagi. Later four more names were added – Sagar Sidhu Maharaj, Yeti Narasimhanand, Dharmadas and Pooja Shakun Pandey.

The event was organized by a religious leader, Yeti Narasimhananda, who has been accused of inciting violence with his provocative speeches in the past.

In the viral clip, Prabodhanand Giri was heard saying: “Like Myanmar, our police, our politicians, our army and every Hindu should take up arms and do a safai campaign (ethnic cleansing). There is no other option left.” Is.”

He later said he had no regrets. “I am not ashamed of what I have said. I am not afraid of the police. I stand by my statement,” he said.

Another controversial video shows Pooja Shakun Pandey alias “Sadhvi Annapurna” calling for arms and urging violence against Muslims.

“If you want to eliminate them, they… we need 100 soldiers who can kill 20 lakhs to win this,” he said.

first published:Jan. 10, 2022, 12:01 p.m.


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