Court Hears Petition Against Owaisi for 'Hate' Speech

Hyderabad/New Delhi
Court Hears Petition Against Owaisi for 'Hate' Speech
A Hyderabad court will tomorrow deliver its verdict on a complaint against Majlis-e- Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi, who is at the centre of a controversy for allegedly making a "hate speech" against a particular community.

Several political parties have strongly condemned Owaisi's remarks, accusing him of using inflammatory and derogatory language in his speech while addressing a public meeting (MIM Jalsa) at Nirmal town of Adilabad district last month.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's court heard the application of Kashimshetty Karunasagar, a practising advocate, who claimed he was being threatened over phone since he filed the complaint against Akbaruddin and requested the court to hear the case directly.

The court posted the matter for hearing tomorrow when it will deliver its order on whether to direct the police to file an FIR against Akbaruddin over the provocative speech, as alleged by the petitioner, or should it take direct cognisance of the offence and issue summons.

Karunasagar had filed a complaint on December 28 in the court seeking registration of a case against Akbaruddin under Section 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion) and other relevant sections of the IPC.

In Delhi, social activist Shabnam Hashmi today filed a complaint against Owaisi for his "highly objectionable and inflammatory" speech.

Hashmi filed the complaint in Parliament Street police station drawing the attention to the speech of Owaisi made on December 24.

In her complaint, she alleged that "the whole speech is highly objectionable, inflammatory" and against country's cultural heritage.

Earlier, during the hearing, Karunasagar told the court that he had been getting threatening calls for filing the complaint against the MIM legislator.

The petitioner requested the court for speedy disposal of the complaint by taking direct cognisance of the matter rather than referring it to police.

"There are several complaints pending with police against him (Akbaruddin) in different issues and hence the court should itself take cognisance and issue summons against him," he said..

MIM President and Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad Asaduddin Owaisi, brother of Akbaruddin, told mediapersons that his party would abide by the court order, whatever it be.

"The matter is sub-judice and I will not comment more on this", he added.

Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said law will take its own course in the matter.

"Law will take action against Owaisi if he has broken it. It will take its own course," Alvi said when his attention was drawn to the complaint filed in a Hyderabad court.

Soon after the MIM parted ways with the Congress party a couple of months back, it has tended to become more aggressive in asserting its religious identity, political observers feel.

A delegation of the BJP unit in Andhra Pradesh led by its president G Kishan Reddy submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy demanding action against Owaisi.

Congress leader Digvijay Singh said action must be taken against any person who makes such a speech.

"Such people must be shunned out of public life for good," said BJP's Balbir Punj.

Kamal Farooqi of SP said the country cannot afford to have hatred among various communities.
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