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Delhi Court Grants More Time To Crime Branch To File Report On A Plea Seeking FIR Against Anurag Thakur and Pravesh Verma For Making Hate Speeches

Karan Tripathi
11 Feb 2020 6:37 AM GMT
Delhi Court Grants More Time To Crime Branch To File Report On A Plea Seeking FIR Against Anurag Thakur and Pravesh Verma For Making Hate Speeches
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A Delhi Court has directed Special Commissioner of Police, Crime Branch, to submit an Action Taken Report (ATR) on a plea seeking FIR against Anurag Thakur and Pravesh Verma allegedly making hate speeches, in a period of 15 days

In today's hearing, it was informed to the court that the matter has been taken up by Special Investigation Unit of the Crime Branch, and is being monitored by the Special Commissioner of Police, Crime Branch.

Crime Branch, in its Action Taken Report, had asked for 8 weeks to complete the inquiry into the present complaint. It was informed to the court that it would require more time to investigate the said complaint, as the department was busy in the election duty.

ACMM Vishal Pahuja rejected the demand for 8 weeks by citing the current matter as 'sensitive'. Therefore, the Crime Branch has to file a detailed report within 15 days stating whether the FIR should be lodged against the aforesaid BJP leaders or not.

The said order has come in a petition moved by CPM leader Brinda Karat, under section 156(3) of the Criminal Procedure Code.

In her petition, Ms Karat has sought the following remedies from the court:

  1. Direct the SHO of Parliament Street Police Station to register an FIR on the complaint dated 29/01/2020 alleging commission of offences under sections 153A, 153B, 295A, 298, 504, 505 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code
  2. Direct that the investigation into the FIR be monitored by issuing necessary directions to the SHO to investigate the matter fairly, properly and impartially after registration of the FIR, including the arrest of the accused.

The court has issued the said direction to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Delhi.

On January 29, the Election Commission had issued a show-cause notice to Union minister Anurag Thakur for his "desh ke gaddaron ko" slogan.

The Commission had observed in its notice that ,prima facie, the remarks had the "potential of disturbing communal harmony" and the BJP MP had violated the Model Code of Conduct and electoral law.

The Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi has also sent a report to the EC concerning the West Delhi MP from BJP, Parvesh Verma's, provocative statement on Shaheen Bagh.

In an interview given to a news channel, Verma had stated that what happened to Kashmiri Pandits could happen in Delhi, claiming that lakhs of anti-CAA protesters in Shaheen Bagh could enter homes to kill and rape women.

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