Delhi riots: Hear hate speech pleas on Friday, SC tells Delhi HC

Delhi riots: Hear hate speech pleas on Friday, SC tells Delhi HC

The Supreme Court has asked the Delhi High Court to hear on Friday all pleas asking for FIRs against politicians who gave hate speeches before last week's deadly communal riots.

The top court commented on a recent Delhi High Court order giving the city police and central government several weeks to reply to one such petition -- it said the period of adjournment was "unjustified".

That petition, filed by activists Harsh Mander and Farah Naqvi, and another one filed today by Shaikh Mujtaba Farooq and eight other residents of northeast Delhi, will now be heard by the Delhi High Court on Friday.

Harsh Mander had filed a separate petition against the long adjournment of the ongoing Delhi High Court case.

He and Farah Naqvi had asked that FIRs be filed against BJP leaders like Kapil Mishra, who was recently filmed giving the police an ultimatum to clear the streets of protesters opposing the new citizenship law.


Solicitor General Tushar Mehta objected to the advancement of the hearing to Friday, saying there had been no violence for three days.

But Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde told him the absence of violence did not mean the court couldn't take action.

When Mehta told the court it would be "naive" to accept that the riots happened because of the speeches, he was told, "You don't need to accept it."

Dozens of people have been killed in the violence, which began just before US President Donald Trump's state visit, and over 200 have been injured. In Parliament this week, proceedings were repeatedly disrupted as Opposition MPs demanded a discussion of the riots.