Delhi Police tells high court FIRs on hate speeches need more time, atmosphere not right

Delhi Police tells high court FIRs on hate speeches need more time, atmosphere not right

The government and Delhi Police told Delhi High Court on Thursday that Delhi Police would need more time to lodge cases against people who were found to be inciting violence that may have led to the violence in Delhi.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who is representing Delhi Police in the violence case, told the Delhi High Court that 48 FIRs have been lodged in relation to the north-east Delhi violence and there be no judicial intervention till normalcy is restored in the national capital.

Delhi Police has told the Delhi High Court that in a conscious decision, they have decided to not file an FIR for hate speech against anyone at this stage as it won't help in restoring peace and normalcy in Delhi.

Delhi Police sought more time to investigate the hate speech videos of the BJP leaders. Delhi HC has given more time to Delhi Police to look into the hate speech videos and postponed the hearing for April 13.

A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar was told by SC Tushar Mehta that the Centre and the police need to file a reply to the plea for lodging FIRs against alleged hate speeches by three BJP leaders.

Mehta informed the court that 48 FIRs have been lodged till date in relation to arson, looting and the deaths in the communal violence has erupted over the amended citizenship law.

Mehta also said that the Centre is responsible for maintaining law and order in Delhi and therefore, it be made a party in the matter.