New Delhi: The Supreme Court has ordered the Uttarakhand government to respond within 10 days to a petition on the “Dharma Sansad” or religious gathering hate speech case. The court was hearing a petition filed by former Patna High Court judge Justice Anjana Prakash and journalist Kurban Ali.
In Dharma Sansad, Hindu religious leaders in Haridwar, Uttarakhand gave an open call for genocide and use of weapons against Muslims. A few days later, he was seen in a video laughing with a police officer, whom he said would be “on our side”.
The Supreme Court allowed the petitioners to approach the local authorities with a request to stop another Dharma Sansad to be held in Aligarh, UP on January 23.
The petitioners demanded an independent and credible investigation by a special team of hate speeches.
Clips of the Haridwar event, held from December 17 to 20, were circulated on social media and drew sharp criticism from former military chiefs, activists and even international tennis legend Martina Navratilova.
Those who organized this event and gave abusive language say that they have not done anything wrong.
Prabodhanand Giri, who is frequently photographed with BJP leaders including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his Uttarakhand counterpart Pushkar Dhami, said, “I am not ashamed of what I have said. I am not afraid of the police. I stand by my statement. Am.” NDTV 23 Dec.
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