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‘Open Call For Murder’: 76 Lawyers Write To CJI, Seek Suo Moto Cognisance Of Hate Speeches

Naming a list of people who had given the call, the advocates wrote that in absence of police action, Urgent judicial intervention is required to prevent such events that seem to have become the order of the day.

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Speeches calling for violence against Indian Muslims were made at a three-day event in Haridwar in December 2021. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Seventy-six Supreme Court Lawyers have written to Chief Justice of India NV Ramana expressing concern over the hate speech conclave and similar events organised by right-wing between 17 and 19 November in Haridwar and Delhi. Naming a list of people who had given the call, the advocates wrote that in absence of police action, “Urgent judicial intervention is required to prevent such events that seem to have become the order of the day”.

Now, the SC lawyers too have expressed concern over the events and have urged the CJI to take Suo moto cognisance of the same.

Pointing to the religious conclaves in Haridwar and Delhi, the letter — signed by eminent lawyers including Dushyant Dave, Prashant Bhushan and Vrinda Grover, Salman Khurshid and former Patna High Court judge Anjana Prakash, read: “The aforementioned events and the speeches delivered during the same are not mere hate speeches but amount to an open call for murder of an entire community”.

“The aforementioned events and the speeches delivered during the same are not mere hate speeches but amount to an open call for murder of an entire community. The said speeches, thus, pose a grave threat not just to the unity and integrity of our country but also endanger the lives of millions of Muslim citizens.”

“In view of the seriousness and gravity of the aforementioned events, it is most humbly prayed that Your Lordship may take suo-moto cognisance of the same and direct that action be taken against the guilty persons under Sections 120B, 121A,153A, 153B, 295A and 298 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860,” the letter further said.

“It is also pointed out that the recent speeches are a part of a series of similar speeches that we have come across in the past. It may be noted that no effective steps have been taken under the provisions of 153, 153A, 153B, 295A, 504, 506, 120B, 34 of IPC in respect of the earlier hate speeches. Thus, urgent judicial intervention is required to prevent such events that seem to have become the order of the day. We have also been informed that in this regard a few Petitions under Article 32 of the Constitution of India are also pending for consideration before the Hon’ble Supreme Court,” the letter adds.

(With Input From ANI and PTI)

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