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Delhi Riots: High Court Refuses To Entertain Application Challenging Maintainability Of Plea To Investigate Politicians For Alleged Hate Speech

Lawstreet Journal 25 Feb 2022 8:19am

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The Delhi High Court on Thursday refused to entertain a plea challenging the maintainability of Public Interest Litigations (PILs) presently being examined by the Court in connection with Northeast Delhi violence and alleged hate speeches of political leaders.

The division bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani on Thursday while hearing the matter said, "This application is completely unnecessary and we do not agree to hear the intervention application and also refused to keep it pending for future."

The Court also adjourned the hearing for February 28 after taking note that the applications to implead the concerned persons, filed by senior lawyers Colin Gansolves and Sonia Mathur are not on record.

Earlier, senior Advocate Colin Gansolvis appeared for a petitioner, said that he agrees to implead some leaders against whom his petitions are seeking action. On the other hand, senior Advocate Sonia Mathur appeared for a petitioner said that she will also implead some political leaders.

The bench is presently examining a batch of petitions connecting with the 2020 violence in northeast Delhi and alleged hate speeches by political leaders which led to violence in the backdrop of protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. The court examined several petitions including petitions which alleged that the speeches of political leaders including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Anurag Thakur, Kapil Mishra, Pravesh Verma, and others were "hate speeches".

Petitions sought necessary action against political leaders if it is found their speech had any nexus with the violence.

One of the petitioners,… Continue Reading...


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