On Wednesday, the Supreme Court issued notice to the Uttarakhand government in a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking to prosecute those who gave hate speeches at Haridwar Dharma Sansad. The event took place in December of last year.
The bench, led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana, also gave the petitioners, a former high court judge and a journalist, permission to approach local authorities with their request to halt a similar event scheduled for January 23 in Aligarh.
After ten days, the court scheduled a hearing.
The petitioners are asking for a special investigation team (SIT) to conduct “an independent, credible, and impartial investigation” into incidents of hate speech directed at a community.
After senior advocate Kapil Sibal raised the matter before the Chief Justice, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the PIL on Monday. No arrests have been made in the case, according to the lawyer.
Yati Narsinghanand organised one event in Haridwar and ‘Hindu Yuva Vahini’ organised one in Delhi.
Videos of the Dharma Sansad in Haridwar, in which speakers were heard calling for the genocide of members of a community, were widely circulated on social media.
Sant Dharamdas Maharaj, Sadhvi Annapoorna alias Pooja Shakun Pandey, Wasim Rizvi aka Jitendra Tyagi, and others associated with the Dharma Sansad have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code. Yati Narsinghanand and Sagar Sindhu Maharaj were later added to the list by the police.
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