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Fresh plea in HC seeks probe into hate speeches, assessment of damage in Delhi violence

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A fresh plea has been filed in Delhi High Court seeking action against those who made hate speeches that triggered violence in many areas of the north-east Delhi. The plea accuses Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Salman Khurshid, BJP’s Anurag Thakur and Kapil Mishra, AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi, Sharjeel Imam and AAP’s suspended councillor Tahir Hussain of making inflammatory speeches.

The petition filed by activist Deepak Madan demands that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) assess damage to property in last month’s violence and the court’s direction to authorities to attach their properties to compensate victims.

The matter is likely to be listed for Thursday when the Delhi High Court will hear matters related to violence.

The first plea in hate speeches during CAA protests was moved by activist and former IAS officer Harsh Mander, which is still pending before the High Court. The petition claimed that due to the hateful speech and provocative statements by BJP leaders Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma, violence erupted in many parts of North-East Delhi.

Last month, a similar plea was filed by a lawyers organisation named Lawyers Voice in the Delhi High Court seeking registration of FIRs against Congress President Sonia Gandhi, ex-President Rahul Gandhi, its general secretary Priyanka Vadra and others for making allegedly inflammatory speeches.

The petition had asked the court to give directions for an SIT probe into the alleged hate speeches.

The petitioner had also sought FIRs against Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Aam Aadmi Party leader Amanatullah Khan for allegedly making hate speeches.

Hindu Sena President, Vishnu Gupta also moved the court asking it to pass an order or directions to Delhi police to register an FIR against Waris Pathan and Asaduddin Owaisi for the alleged inciteful speeches.

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