Dharma Sansad: SC issues notice to Uttarakhand, Delhi govt

Court has listed the matter after 10 days. Petitioner has sought an independent and impartial enquiry into the matter.

Dharma Sansad: SC issues notice to Uttarakhand, Delhi govt

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has issued notice to Uttarakhand and Delhi government, on a Public Interest Litigation, seeking a probe into the alleged hate speech targeting the Muslim community delivered at Haridwar Dharma Sansad.

A bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli ordered for issuance of notice to both the government.

Petitioner’s advocate, Kapil Sibal submitted that "these Dharam Sansads are being organised frequently. Another one is in Aligarh on January 24. We want a date before that."

Mr. Sibal urged the court to intervene in the matter, he said that “if no quick steps are taken, such dharma sansads will be held in Una, Dasna, Kurukshetra, and it will spoil the country’s atmosphere. It will also erode the ethos of this democracy”, he argued.

PIL has stated that Haridwar Dharam Sansad "pose a grave threat not just to the unity and integrity of our country but also endanger the lives of millions of Muslim citizens."

Further petitioner has stated that the video had gone viral in which a police officer was seen acknowledging his allegiance to the alleged offenders. This not only allows "delivery of hate speeches with impunity but also shows that the Police authorities are in fact hand in glove with the perpetrators of communal hate," the petition stated.

Hate speeches feed into an already prevailing discourse that seeks to reimagine the Indian Republic as exclusivist,  it is a violation of constitutional guarantees, petitioner argued.