Ensuring No Hate Speech in Dharam Sansad: Supreme Court: The Tribune India
New Delhi, April 26
On the eve of the planned ‘Dharam Sansad’ in Roorkee, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand to record steps taken to ensure that no untoward statements will be made at the event.
We ask you to follow all these steps. You are bound to. You are doing us a disservice by following instructions. Apex Court Bench
The direction came from a three-judge bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar even as the Uttarakhand government said all actions would be taken in accordance with the court’s instructions.
As the Uttarakhand lawyer said it was difficult to anticipate what would be said to the Dharam Sansad, the bench hit back: “But if it’s by the same person, then you have to prevent it.” Don’t make us say things…” The lawyer said the authorities were confident that no untoward statements would be made during the event. However, the bench then ordered the Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand to document the declaration and inform him of the corrective measures taken.
“You know the preventive measures. You will have to. If this happens again, we will ask the General Secretary to remain present. We ask you to follow all these steps.
You are bound to. You are doing us a disservice by following instructions,” the bench told the Uttarakhand lawyer.
On behalf of the petitioners, lead attorney Kapil Sibal alleged that the authorities were doing nothing to stop the hate speech.
“They have them (Dharam Sansad) all over the country. It was held recently in Una (HP). We wrote to Collector and SP to stop it but they didn’t do anything,” Sibal said on the bench.
HP’s attorney said the state government has taken necessary preventive measures in this regard.
The bench asked the Himachal government to file an affidavit detailing the measures taken to prevent hate speech and released the case for a rehearing on May 9.
Several FIRs were recorded earlier as part of the three-day Dharam Sansad held in Haridwar in December last year, where hate speech was allegedly delivered against a particular community.