In a quick follow up of a court order, police Thursday filed a case against All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi in the Andhra Pradesh. The move came amid the state chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy assuring stern action against Akbaruddin, who is alleged to have made a hate speech against a particular community.
The Nirmal police station in Adilabad district, where the alleged hate speech was given, has registered a case under Indian Penal Code Section 153(a) (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony).
The court in its order observed that all the allegations as mentioned in the complaint and reportedly recorded on a CD need to be thoroughly investigated.
On the other hand, taking the cognizance through a plea filed by a city-based businessman, a court has directed the police to investigate the matter under section 156 (3) of CrPc and file a report before it on January 28.
Businessman S Venkatesh Goud, has stated in his complaint that the Chandrayangutta legislator had given "highly provocative and derogatory" speech against majority community, which was telecast on a local television channel on December 8 and 9.
During the hearing today, Karunasagar informed the court that he had been getting threatening calls for filing the complaint against the MIM legislator. He also submitted a copy to the court of the FIR he has filed with Saroornagar police in this regard.
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," Karunasagar requested the court.
The lawyer alleged that he saw an online video wherein Akbaruddin, who represents Chandrayangutta Assembly seat, was seen using inflammatory and derogatory words against a particular community, while addressing a public meeting (MIM Jalsa) at Nirmal town of Adilabad district.
Breaking his silence over the controversy, chief minister Reddy said law would take its own course in Owaisis case wherein he is alleged to have made a hate speech against a particular community.
"There are two issues here. As an individual he (Akbar) has made such a statement. Is the partys view the same or is it an individual who made the statement...so legally it will be looked into. If anyone speaks in a voice that hurts the religious sentiments of others...law will take its course," Reddy told reporters this afternoon.
"When a case comes up...when a speech is made by anyone anywhere...case is registered in that jurisdiction. They (police) take legal opinion before registering a case. The government does not interfere in such things. The agencies, police here, register the case and go ahead," he replied, when asked if a case has been registered against the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) legislator.
Seeking an explanation from the Andhra Pradesh government, Senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu has slammed the authorities, and questioned the government’s role for not taking action against him. He charged the police for being mute spectators. "I am shocked and surprised about the silence of the state Chief Minister, Home Minister and DGP when Owaisi allegedly has abused a community," he said.
The issue has raised eyebrows from certain quarters in New Delhi with another complaint filed at the Parliament Street police station in the national capital. Social activist Shabnam Hashmi alleged in her complaint that the speech was “highly objectionable, inflammatory" and against countrys cultural heritage.
The social activist demanded that a case be registered against Owaisi for prompting enmity between different religious groups.
Meanwhile, Akbaruddin’s brother and MIM President Asaduddin Owaisi told mediapersons that his party would abide by the court order. “The matter is sub-judice and I will not comment more on this," he added.
Meanwhile, according to sources, Akbaruddin has gone to London for his health treatment.