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Owaisi Hate Speech: Court Asks Cops to File Report
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Taking suo motu action, Andhra Pradesh Police today filed two FIRs against Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi for allegedly making a "hate speech" against a particular community.

The FIRs were registered at Adilabad and Nizamabad districts last night and notices were dispatched to Owaisi seeking his appearance before the Investigating Officers (IOs) to record his statement, Director General of Police (DGP) V Dinesh Reddy said.

He denied that there was delay in filing the cases and said they were following certain procedures because Owaisi was a people's representative and the police wanted to be sure and gather concrete evidence before moving forward.

The legislator had allegedly used inflammatory and derogatory language against a particular community during his public speeches last month.

"There may be slight delay in view of transcribing the speeches due to the language (Urdu) factor," the DGP said.

The MLA from Chandrayangutta here has been booked under IPC Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, language etc and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs). He has also been booked under IPC Section 121 (waging or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the Government of India).

The FIRs were registered after obtaining legal opinion yesterday as the audio-video of Owaisi's statements had been sent to the Chief Legal Advisor, the DGP said.

Prima facie there seems to be evidence against the MLA, Reddy said, adding the MIM leader could be arrested if the charges against him were established during the probe.

Owaisi, who is reportedly in London for treatment, had allegedly delivered the "hate speeches" during public meetings in Nirmal town of Adilabad district on December 24 and in Nizamabad town on December 8.

"Law will take its course...Definitely he will be questioned. Notices are being sent to his residence here. It is learnt that he is out of the country and if he fails to appear then we will have to call him back and if necessary Interpol's assistance will be taken," the DGP said.

Meanwhile, a local court today directed the police to investigate a complaint filed by a city-based businessman, S Venkatesh Goud, against the MIM legislator.

The 4th Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) directed Osmania University Police to investigate the complaint and file a report before it on January 28.

Goud had filed a complaint before the court alleging that the Chandrayangutta legislator had given "highly provocative and derogatory" speech on a particular community, which was telecast on a local television channel on December 8 and 9.

In a related development, the 7th ACMM Court here fixed January 7 for hearing another complaint that sought action against Owaisi for hurting religious sentiments through his public statements.

On that day the court will record the statement of Kashimshetty Karunasagar, a practising advocate who had filed the complaint against the lawmaker, who is brother of MIM Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi.

Karunasagar, who filed the complaint on December 28, sought the registration of a case against the MLA under IPC Section 295A and 153A.

Karunasagar had claimed he saw a video on a website, wherein the legislator allegedly used inflammatory and derogatory words against the community while addressing a public meeting at Nirmal town of Adilabad district.
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Jan 06, 2013
11:19 PM

There is no need for debate on this,Owaisi spoke in a derogatory way about Hindu Gods and must be jailed,so to Togadia.

Nobody is above law,pl accept that in principle,leave the rest to the Courts

wrongone, chennai
Jan 05, 2013
12:21 PM

An editorial in the Hindu gets it right: "In his rant, Mr. Owaisi used a clever trick: he first attacked the Hindutva outfits and leaders for their actions, and then proceeded to equate all Hindus with these extremist elements. This was akin to the Hindutva extremist line of holding the whole Muslim community responsible for Islamist terror."

The editorial goes on to say that the threat of physical violence implicit in Owaisi's speech attracts Section 153-A of the Indian Penal Code. "Civil society needs to make it clear that those who incite hatred and violence against people on the basis of their religion or any other identity ought to be punished one way or another. If the police or courts won’t prosecute, convict and send them to jail, such would-be ‘leaders’ must be boycotted socially and politically."


Anwaar, Dallas
Jan 05, 2013
11:49 AM

>> but you do not want anyone to mention the Hindutva aggressive posture in Hyderabad


You are the one who constantly whines like a stuck pig when anyone talks of 84 in an article on Gujarat.

And here, you are not just talking about "Hindutva terror". You are using it as a justification.

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
Jan 05, 2013
11:44 AM

>> Jyoti Punwani blogs,
the law shld treat all these equally

Sanghis have been saying that for ages. It's the sicko/jehadi crowd that wants different laws for different communities

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
Jan 05, 2013
09:41 AM

Jyoti Punwani blogs, "akbar owaisi's speech makes one see red. but the speeches of togadia,
sadhvi rithambara and thackeray have been equally bad. thackeray
never got prosecuted; one case against togadia is pending, but he
carries on regardless. raj thackeray is no less.
the law shld treat all these equally." - With Indians like her, we can be proud.

Anwaar, Dallas
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