Supreme Court On Hate Speech Case: The Supreme Court has said that action should be taken immediately against whichever religion the person making the provocative statement on communal basis belongs to. The court has made the order given to Delhi, UP and Uttarakhand government in October last year applicable to all the states. Then the court had said that taking cognizance of such statements, the police themselves should file a case. For this, don’t wait for someone’s complaint to be filed. The court had also said that negligence in taking action would be considered as contempt.
In the hearing held on October 21, petitioner Shaheen Abdullah from the bench of Justices KM Joseph and Hrishikesh Roy had said that violent statements are being made against Muslims continuously, due to which there is an atmosphere of fear. Then Justice Hrishikesh Roy, a member of the bench, had said, “Are such speeches being given only from one side? Are Muslim leaders not giving hate statements? Why have you said only one sided thing in the petition?” On this, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the petitioner, had said that action should be taken against those who spread hatred.
‘Don’t wait to complain’
After this, Justice Joseph, while writing the verdict, said, “There are many sections like 153A, 295A, 505 against spreading disharmony in the IPC but if the police do not use them, then those who spread hatred can never be curbed. We Delhi, North Instructing the state and Uttarakhand to immediately register cases in such cases and take appropriate legal action. Do not wait for any complaint for this.”
Today a bench of Justices KM Joseph and BV Nagaratna heard the matter. This bench made the order given in October applicable to all the states. The next hearing on the matter will be on May 12.
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