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SC to hear plea seeking action against Haridwar hate speeches

Sibal noted while an FIR had been filed, no arrests had been made

haridwar event protest pti (File) Muslims protesting outside the police headquarters in Dehradun against the Haridwar conclave | PTI

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to urgently hear a public interest litigation seeking criminal action against recent events in Haridwar and Delhi where hate speeches were made.

The PIL was filed by journalist Qurban Ali and former justice of Patna High Court Anjana Prakash.

The petitioners sought urgent attention of the Supreme Court into hate speeches delivered between December 17 and 19 in separate events—one organised in Haridwar by Yati Narsinghanand and the second conducted in Delhi by the Hindu Yuva Vahini.

The petitioners have sought an independent and impartial probe into the hate speeches, which targeted Muslims. The petitioners have also pleaded that the Supreme Court issue directives to the police forces.

Appearing for the petitioners, senior lawyer and Congress leader Kapil Sibal noted while an FIR had been filed in Uttarakhand against the Haridwar event, no arrests had been made. Sibal told Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana “Without the intervention of your lordships, no action will be taken,” Live Law reported.

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