NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to explain in four weeks why Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath should not be prosecuted for an alleged hate speech he gave in 2007 in Gorakhpur.
A Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra asked the government to reply as to why he should not be prosecuted for allegedly giving a hate speech in 2007,
The Allahabad High Court had upheld a decision by the Uttar Pradesh government to deny sanction to prosecute Yogi Adityanath in the case. The court has sought a response to the notice within four weeks.
In November 2008, the petition was filed by Mohammad Asad Hayat and Parvez, who said a hate speech by the chief minister had triggered the riots in which one person was killed. Parwaz was a resident of Gorakhpur and had filed an FIR in connection with the riots and Hayat was a witness in the case.
Adityanath, who then represented Gorakhpur in Lok Sabha, was arrested and also remanded to police custody for 11 days.
NEW DELHI: Surpreme Court announced to take strict action by the police, against who are responsible for erupting violence and breaching laws after videos showcasing vehicles being vandalised by Kanwariyas across Northern states went viral on social media on Friday.
Earlier this week, various incidents of vandalism and unlawful activities by Kanwariyas were being reported from various parts of the country.
Attorney General KK Venugopal while drawing attention to the vandalism caused by the Kanwad yatris said, “Kanwariyas are overturning vehicles in Delhi. In India, there is a riot every week. Marathas in Bombay, SC/ST Agitation, a group even threatened to cut-off the nose of an actress during protests against Padmavat movie. It goes on and on. Police has not registered FIR.”
A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, and comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, reiterated an earlier verdict, which stated that videography of every procession should have to be made.
Justice Chandrachud, who was the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court before his elevation to the apex court, referred to traffic congestion on the road between Varanasi and Allahabad during ‘kanwar yatra’, the annual pilgrimage in which Shiva devotees usually travel in groups.
“Half portion of the highway between Allahabad to Varanasi is blocked and it takes five hours to reach Allahabad from Varanasi,” the judge observed.