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Hate speech: Delhi court seeks police report on complaint against Anurag Thakur, Pravesh Verma

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A Delhi Court on Tuesday directed police to file an Action Taken Report (ATR) on a complaint filed by CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat against BJP leaders Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma for their alleged hate speeches while campaigning for Delhi Assembly elections.

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

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vishal Pahuja heard the matter pertaining to hate speech.

Delhi Police in its status report submitted that the Special Investigation Team of Crime Branch is looking at the complaint which is being monitored by Special Commissioner of Police.

The Crime Branch informed the court that they received the complaint in the department only on February 4, and then became occupied with the busy schedule and election duty.

He further requested for 8 weeks time to complete the investigation.  However, the court rejected the demand for 8 weeks by citing the current matter as ‘sensitive’.

The counsel appearing for Karat, Tara Narula informed the court that speedy investigation be taken in the matter due to the ongoing effect of the hate speech by MPs.

The court ordered the Crime Branch to file a detailed report within 15 days stating whether the FIR should be lodged against the aforesaid BJP leaders or not.

The matter is now listed for 26th February 2020

On January 29, the Election Commission had issued a show-cause notice to Union minister Anurag Thakur for his allegedly communal rant. The Commission had observed that prima facie, the remarks had the “potential of disturbing communal harmony.

 

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