No abusive language at 'Dharma Sansad': Delhi Police tells Supreme Court

New Delhi:

The Delhi Police has said that the speakers at the ‘Dharma Sansad’ or religious gathering in Delhi on December 19 did not speak any hate speech against the Muslim community.

Delhi Police informed the Supreme Court, “Deep investigation of the video and other material found indicate that no hate speech was given against any community. Therefore, after examination and evaluation of the purported video clip, it was concluded that there was no hate speech against any particular community in the speech.”

It further said that on the basis of investigation, all the complaints lodged in respect of the incident are closed. In its affidavit filed before the Supreme Court, the Delhi Police also questioned the petitioners for approaching the apex court without first approaching the police.

It said, “Allegations made by the petitioners against the police officers that the police officers have joined hands with the perpetrators of communal hatred are baseless and fictitious. The case is based on videotape evidence. There is hardly any tampering on the part of the investigating agencies.”

Citing Supreme Court orders on freedom of expression, Delhi Police said that the petitioner is “trying to draw wrong and absurd conclusions from different passages by disregarding the main theme and its message”.

It further said, “We must practice tolerance towards the views of others. Intolerance is as dangerous to democracy as to the individual itself. The petitioner disregards the main theme and its message to draw a false and absurd conclusion by varying degrees The Supreme Court has repeatedly said that freedom of expression should be given as long as community interests are not threatened. In this case, public interest is not in danger.”

On January 12, the Uttarakhand government, the central government and the Delhi Police were ordered by the Supreme Court to respond to a petition on the “Dharma Sansad” hate speech case. The court was hearing the petition of former Patna High Court judge Justice Anjana Prakash and journalist Kurban Ali.

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The petition states that in two separate programs organized in Delhi (by Hindu Yuva Vahini) and Haridwar (by Yeti Narasimhanand) between December 17 and 19, 2021, hate speeches were made, in which to achieve caste cleanliness. open calls for the genocide of Muslims.

The petition states that “no action has been taken by the Delhi Police in respect of the event organised in Delhi, despite the fact that there was an open call for massacre.”

Yesterday, the Supreme Court directed the Uttarakhand government to file a status report on the action taken regarding hate speech at Haridwar Dharma Sansad by April 22.


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