The Andhra Pradesh High Court rejected a petition seeking to remove a
video of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen MP Akbaruddin Owaisi's hate speech
Advocate J V S Rama Rao, who filed the PIL in
this regard, argued that the hate speech posted on YouTube was creating
hatred among a section of community disrupting the communal harmony.
the division bench observed that removing the video from YouTube would
be an infringement of the Right to Freedom of Expression. "There may be
people who may feel happy to listen to the speech, while some others may
protest; and some others might go through the speech only to know what
is happening around them. Banning such post on YouTube is against
Freedom of Expression of the people," the bench said.
court also said that if Akbaruddin Owaisi has no objection to having the
video posted on YouTube, why should it bother the petitioner.
Akbaruddin Owaisi has been remanded to judicial custody till January 22
and has been charged with additional cases, including under Section
124-a (Sedition), 120-b (criminal conspiracy), 505 (making public
statement intending to cause public alarm and disturb tranquility) and
188 (violation of public order) of the Indian Penal Code.
police had already filed cases against Akbaruddin under Sec 121 (waging
or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the
Government of India, Sec 153A (promoting enmity between different groups
on grounds of religion) and Sec 295A (deliberate and malicious acts
intended to outrage religious feelings) of IPC.