Retired officers of the Indian Armed Forces have said in their petition that the seditious and divisive speeches not only violated criminal law, but also attacked Article 19 of the Indian Constitution. These speeches stain the secular fabric of the nation and have serious potential to adversely affect public order.
New Delhi: Three retired officers of the Indian Armed Forces have filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court demanding that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) be set up to probe hate speeches against Muslims in the religious parliaments of Haridwar and Delhi.
The names of the three petitioners are Major General SG Wombatkere, Colonel PK Nair and Major Priyadarshi Choudhary.
“The seditious and divisive speeches not only violated the criminal law of the country, but also attacked Article 19 of the Indian Constitution,” the petition said. These speeches stain the secular fabric of the nation and have serious potential to adversely affect public order.
The petitioners have submitted that if such incidents are not taken care of, it can have a serious impact on the morale and unity and integrity of the armed forces soldiers, as they all come from diverse communities and religions.
The petitioners have also drawn attention to the fact that such hate speech can also adversely affect the fighting ability of our armed forces, in response to which national security will be compromised.
The petition also referred to the lines said in the religious parliaments of Delhi and Haridwar, purportedly calling for genocide of Muslims, appealing to the country’s police, politicians, army and every Hindu to take up arms against Muslims. Went.
“Such unconstitutional and hate speech of despicable character may not have been given openly since pre-independence India,” the petition said.
Earlier on January 10, the Supreme Court had agreed to hear the public interest in which action was sought against those who gave hate speech in Haridwar Dharma Sansad.
Meanwhile, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who filed the petition before a bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramanna, said that despite the registration of the FIR, no arrest has been made in the case.
Questions have also been raised in the petition of three retired officers of the Armed Forces regarding the non-arrest of the accused.
Meanwhile, on January 13, Uttarakhand Police has arrested Wasim Rizvi alias Jitendra Narayan Tyagi, who spewed poison in Haridwar Dharma Sansad, while another accused, a priest of Dasna temple in Ghaziabad and Mahamandaleshwar yeti Narasimhanand Giri of Juna Akhara, also passed away. The arrest was made on Saturday.
However, Narasimhanand has not been arrested for making inflammatory speeches in the Parliament of Religions, but in the case of derogatory remarks made on women in the month of September.
It is known that a ‘Dharma Sansad’ was organized by Hindutva leaders and fundamentalists in Haridwar, Uttarakhand between 17-19 December 2021, in which openly hate speeches were given against Muslims and minorities, even their There was also a call for genocide.
Hardline Hindutva leader Yeti Narasimhanand was one of the organizers of this Dharma Sansad. Narasimhanand is already in the eyes of the police for giving hate speeches.
Yeti Narasimhanand, while making provocative statements against the Muslim society, said that he will give one crore rupees to the person who becomes ‘Hindu Prabhakaran’.
Two FIRs have been registered against 15 people in the case. The first FIR was registered in this regard on 23 December 2021 after the controversy over the video of this event went viral, in which only Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi was named. Before leaving Islam and adopting Hinduism, Tyagi’s name was Wasim Rizvi.
The names of Swami Dharamdas and Sadhvi Annapurna alias Pooja Shakun Pandey were added to the FIR on 25 December 2021. Pooja Shakun Pandey is the Mahamandaleshwar of Niranjani Akhara and General Secretary of Hindu Mahasabha.
After this, on January 1, the names of Yeti Narasimhanand and Sagar Sindhuraj Maharaj of Roorkee were included in this FIR.
On January 2, the state’s Director General of Police had also constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the matter. After that, on January 3, a second FIR was registered against 10 people in connection with the Parliament of Religions.
In the second FIR, the organizers of the event, Yeti Narasimhanand Giri, Jitendra Narayan Tyagi (earlier known as Wasim Rizvi), Sagar Sindhuraj Maharaj, Dharamdas, Parmanand, Sadhvi Annapurna, Anand Swaroop, Ashwini Upadhyay, Suresh Chavan and Prabodhanand Giri were named. Has been done.
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