No words against any particular community were used by Chavhanke, says Delhi police to SC
The Delhi Police has told the Supreme Court that no anti-Muslim hate speech was made by Sudarshan News TV Chief Editor Suresh Chavhanke at the event organized by the Hindu Yuva Vahini in Delhi in December 2021.
The Police said that based on the complaints filed by several individuals against the speech of Chavhanke at the event, it conducted an “in-depth investigation” into the video clips of the speeches, and found that no words against any particular community were used.
In its affidavit filed before the Supreme Court, the Delhi Police also questioned the petitioners for moving to the top court without first approaching the police. Based on the investigations, all the complaints filed regarding the event are closed, it said.
The affidavit filed by Esha Pandey IPS, Deputy Commissioner of Police, South East Delhi, further stated that “none of the words which were spoken during the events in any manner whatsoever overtly or expressly described Indian Muslims as usurpers of territory, and as predators of land, livelihood and of Hindu women and nothing was said which could create an environment of paranoia amongst any religion”. There is no use of such words which mean or could be interpreted as “open calls of the genocide of Muslims”.
It is further stated that those people gathered at the Yuva Vahini meet “with the motive to save the ethics of their community”.
The Delhi Police informed the Supreme Court that an “In-depth investigation of the video and other material found that no hate speech was given against any community. Therefore, after investigation and evaluation of the purported video clip, it was concluded that the alleged speech contained no hate speech against a particular community.”
On January 12, the Uttarakhand government, Central government, and Delhi Police had been ordered by the Supreme Court to reply to a petition on the “Dharma Sansad” hate speech case. Yesterday the Supreme Court directed the Uttarakhand government to file a status report by April 22 on action taken with regard to Haridwar Dharam Sansad hate speech.
The court was hearing a petition by a former judge of Patna High Court Justice Anjana Prakash and journalist Qurban Ali
The plea stated that between December 17 and 19, 2021, at two separate events organized in Delhi (by the Hindu Yuva Vahini) and Haridwar (by Yati Narsinghanand), hate speeches were made, consisting of open calls for genocide of Muslims in order to achieve ethnic cleansing.
The plea stated that “no action whatsoever has been taken by the Delhi Police in relation with the event held in Delhi despite the fact that open calls for genocide, that are available on the internet, were made therein.”
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