Dharam Sansad case: SC issues notice to U’khand govt over hate speech

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to Uttarakhand Government aftee hearing a PIL seeking prosecution of those involved in making hate speeches at Haridwar Dharm Sansad in December last year.
A three-judge bench of the Apex Court, headed by Chief Justice (CJI) Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana and also comprising Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli, was hearing the petition filed by Qurban Ali.
The Apex Court also allowed the petitioner to approach the local authorities with his plea to stop a proposed Dharm Sansad in Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh on January 23.
Appearing for the petitioner, senior advocate Kapil Sibal submitted to the Supreme Court today that the Dharam Sansad is going to organise another congregation at Aligarh and thereby, it should be restrained from making hate speeches there, while the SC is seized of the matter.
Sibal further said that when the election process is on, unless preventive detention steps are being taken against Dharam Sansad participants, the country would slip on its ethos.
After hearing from Sibal, the Supreme Court sought responses of Uttarakhand government to Ali’s petition in 10 days and asked the petitioner to bring it to the notice of the concerned authorities about Dharam Sansad scheduled to be held at Aligarh on January 23 and his apprehensions about the breach of laws and SC judgments.