Hate Speech: Probe over dharma sansad event ‘substantially completed’, Delhi Police tells SC

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The Delhi Police informed the Supreme Court on Monday that the final report into investigation of Hindu ‘religious’ event in Delhi is “substantially completed,” and that the police would share it with the top court very soon.

The top court told the Delhi Police to inform it about the preventive steps taken against the accused in the case.

A bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud, Justices PS Narasimha and JB Pardiwala was hearing a plea by social activist and Mahatma Gandhi’s great-grandson, Tushar Gandhi, against former Delhi Police Chief Rakesh Asthana.

The Court today adjourned the matter by three weeks, and ordered that it be informed of the status of the investigation and the submission of the status report by then. “List after three weeks. Court shall be apprised on affidavit on status of investigation and the submission of the report”, said the Court.

The case is related to hate speeches allegedly made by proponents of Hindu “religious” leaders at Delhi Dharam Sansad held in December 2021. The plea claimed that the controversial Dharam Sansads were allowed to be held in Delhi in December 2021 in violation of Supreme Court orders.

Additional Solicitor General K.M. Nataraj, representing the Delhi Police, submitted that the investigation is substantially completed and the final report is almost ready. “It has been sent for vetting and we will be filing the final report in the shortest time,” he added.

Advocate Shadan Farasat, representing petitioner Tushar Gandhi, contended that Delhi Police should clarify certain additional aspects and pointed out that as per the police affidavit, they have fixed some date in March for collecting the voice sample of Sudarshan News chairman cum managing director and editor-in-chief Suresh Chavhanke, according to news agency PTI.

According to Bar and Bench, the top court is also hearing a batch of pleas seeking steps to be taken against hate speech incidents.

During its previous hearing, the top court had said that television channels in India are creating divisions in the society since such channels are driven by agenda, compete to sensationalise news, and act as per the dictates of their funders.


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