Supreme Court directs all states, said- Register FIR without complaint in hate speech, delay in action will be considered as Contempt of Court
The Fact India: Supreme Court has given instructions to register FIR immediately without complaint on hate speech. Instructing all the states and union territories, the Supreme Court said that if the police do not take immediate action on hate speech, it will be considered as Contempt of Court. The court said that whenever someone gives a hate speech, the governments should file an FIR without any complaint. The next hearing in the case will be on May 12.
The Supreme Court said that while taking action in such cases, one should not care about the religion of the person making the statement. In the same way the concept of a secular country can be kept alive. The court has given these instructions to the states and union territories while expanding the scope of its 2022 order. Earlier, the Supreme Court had given this order only to the UP, Delhi and Uttarakhand governments.
The court said that hate speech is a serious crime, which can affect the secular fabric of the country. During the hearing of the case, the bench of Justices KM Joseph and BV Nagaratna said that where have we reached in the name of religion? It’s sad. Judges are apolitical and are not concerned with Party A or Party B. They only have the Constitution of India in their mind.
Explain that the Supreme Court is hearing several petitions related to hate speech filed from different parts of the country. Earlier, journalist Shaheen Abdullah had filed a petition in the court demanding registration of cases against those who made hate statements. On this, on October 21, 2022, the court had directed the governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand to register cases without complaint in such cases. The court has extended the scope of its order on Friday.