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The Supreme Court on Monday referred a petition seeking registration of an FIR in the hate speech case against BJP leaders Anurag Thakur and Pravesh Verma to a bench of Justice KM Joseph. The demand for FIR in the case of hate speech against both the leaders was rejected by the trial court. Against which CPI(M) leaders Vrinda Karat and KM Tiwari had filed a petition in the Supreme Court demanding an FIR. Now the Supreme Court has sent the matter to the bench of Justice KM Joseph.
The bench of Justice Sanjeev Khanna and Justice MM Sundaresh was told by the counsel for the petitioner that Justice KM Joseph’s bench is hearing other cases of hate speech in the Supreme Court. After which the bench of Justice Sanjeev Khanna and Justice MM Sundresh referred the matter to the bench of Justice KM Joseph. It is alleged that during a rally in Rithala, Delhi on 27 January 2020, Anurag Thakur allegedly instigated the people present in the rally to raise objectionable slogans. These slogans were allegedly raised against the anti-CAA protesters. At the same time, MP Parvesh Verma gave an objectionable statement on the anti-CAA protest in Shaheen Bagh.
After this, a petition was filed in the court demanding action. After which the Delhi Police had investigated the cases and told the trial court that prima facie no cognizable offense was made out. On this the court dismissed the petition. Challenging the trial court’s decision in the Delhi High Court, a demand was made to register an FIR against Anurag Thakur and Pravesh Verma. However, the High Court also refused to interfere with the order of the trial court and directed the FIR to go to the competent authority.
On 13 June 2022, CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the Delhi High Court’s decision. From where now this matter has been sent to the bench of Justice KM Joseph. In the petition, Vrinda Karat and KM Tiwari have demanded that an FIR be registered against the two BJP leaders under sections 153-A, 153-B, 295-A of the IPC.