Two right-wing groups have filed counter-appeals in the Supreme Court against appeals against hate speech at religious gatherings in Haridwar and Delhi, sparking outrage across the country. Both the organizations have applied to the court to represent them in the case.
In the appeal, Hindu Sena president Vishnu Gupta demanded that Muslim leaders be arrested for their hate speech.
The statement by religious leaders in the Dharam Parliament was a response to the attack on Hindu culture by non-Hindus, and cannot be described as “hate speech”, the appeal claims.
“Attempts are being made to tarnish the spiritual leaders of Hindus … The petitioner belongs to the Muslim community and is not to raise any objection against any matter or activity related to the Hindu Dharma Sangsad (sic),” read the appeal quoting journalist Kurban Ali. Filed.
The Hindu Sena president also demanded the arrest of AIMIM chief Asaduddin Waisi and other Muslim leaders, including Waris Pathan, for making hate speeches.
Another organization, the Hindu Front for Justice, claimed that since the Supreme Court had agreed to examine hate speech against Muslims, it should also examine hate speech against Hindus. In their appeal, they cited 25 examples of alleged hate speech against Hindus.
Journalists Kurban Ali and Anjana Prakash, a former judge of the Patna High Court, filed an appeal against the hate speech in Haridwar and Delhi, which was condemned by activists and civil society.
Hundreds of others, including five former chiefs of staff and bureaucrats and prominent citizens of the armed forces, wrote letters to President Ram Nath Kobind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the “open call for genocide of Indian Muslims”, urging them to protect them. Integrity and security of our country.
On January 12, the apex court issued notices to the Center, the Uttarakhand government and the Delhi Police, seeking an account of the steps taken in this regard.
Soon after, Uttarakhand police arrested a speaker, Yati Narsinghananda, and Jitendra Narayan Tyagi (known as Wazim Rizvi before he was converted) in connection with the case. They are both in judicial custody.