Delhi High Court has issued notice in a plea seeking action against Sonia Gandhi, Waris Pathan Kapil Mishra, and other politicians for allegedly making hate speeches.
The Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Hari Shnakar has issued notices to Delhi Government, Commissioner of Delhi Police, and the various political leaders that are made parties to the petition.
Filed in respect of riots that took place in Delhi, the petition seeks appropriate action against various political leaders such as Sonia Gandhi, Waris Pathan, Anurag Thakur, Kapil Mishra, and others, for allegedly making inciting and hateful speeches.
The Petitioner has sought appropriate action against these leaders under sections 153A, 147, 148, and 149 of the Indian Penal Code, as well as, sections 3 and 4 of the Damage To Public Property Act.
In addition to this, the Petitioner also seeks their arrest and attachment of their properties, in accordance with law.
'That by given such type of hate speeches which ore not only defamatory but also provocative in nature and many persons get provoked by such type of hate speeches which can be seen in video footages of riots which took place in Delhi on 24-26 Feb 2020 in which the rioters have left no stone unturned to prove the statement of these politicians', the petition states.
It further claimed in the petition that the Delhi Police failed to arrest these politicians who were allegedly making hate speeches. This, as per the Petitioner, has deprived the residents of the affected areas of their right to life and liberty. He says:
'Police failed in recognizing and respect the limitations of their powers and function in contravention with the Government of India Code of Conduct for Police.'
Highlighting the failure of politicians and police in maintaining their respective duties, the Petitioner has sought court's intervention to form a Special Investigation Team to compute the damage caused to public property as well as properties of the affected persons.
The amount computed by the SIT, as per the Petitioner shall be disbursed to the victims of the Delhi riots.
The Petitioner has also asked court to restrain any political party or person from giving any speech and organize any rally until the peace and situation within Delhi is under control and normal.
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