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Order reserved on complaint seeking FIR against BJP’s Anurag Thakur, Parvesh Verma for alleged hate speeches

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A Delhi court on Wednesday reserved its order till March 2 on a complaint seeking registration of an FIR against BJP leaders Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma for their alleged inflammatory rant after Delhi Police said “no cognizable offence is made out” against them.

The order was reserved by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vishal Pahuja, who had earlier this month asked the police to file an action taken report (ATR) on the complaint filed by CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat and the party’s Delhi unit secretary K M Tewari.

The complaint has said Union Minister Thakur and Delhi BJP leader Verma be booked for allegedly making inflammatory speeches aimed at outraging religious feelings intended to provoke breach of trust and criminal intimidation during the Delhi Assembly election campaign.

In response to the court’s direction, the police today filed its report, saying that “on the basis of allegations levelled in the complaint, no cognizable offence has been found to be committed.”

It said the subsequent violence in Delhi have “no connection to the speeches mentioned in the complaint”.

Brinda and Tewari have approached the court after their written complaints to the Delhi Police commissioner and station house officer, Parliament Street police station, were not acted upon.

Karat, under section 156(3) of the Criminal Procedure Code, has sought a direction that the investigation into the FIR be monitored by issuing necessary orders to the SHO to investigate the matter fairly, properly and impartially after registration of the FIR, including the arrest of the accused.

The police, in their status report earlier, submitted that a special investigation team of Crime Branch is looking into the complaint.

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