Updated: March 4, 2020 10:54:47 PM
Delhi police filed an affidavit with the Supreme Court on Wednesday in an attempt to dismiss a petition by activist Harsh Mander. In his appeal, Mander had sought a FIR registration against BJP leaders Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur, Parvesh Sahib Singh and Abhay Verma for their alleged hate speech in the run-up to the Delhi Assembly election.
The Delhi police, in their sworn statement, said they found a video of Mander’s speech that instigated the violence and made disparaging remarks against the court.
“Harsh Mander is known for taking the scornful position and bringing the judiciary as an institution and individual judges to discredit,” police said, seeking dismissal of his appeal with exemplary costs and the start of contempt for court proceedings. against him.
During a hearing of a petition against hate speech by BJP leaders in Delhi, the Supreme Court, at the beginning of the day, asked Mander if he had made observations against the supreme court. The court said it won’t hear it if it doesn’t clarify the matter. Mander’s board, however, denied having released such a statement. The top court’s reaction came after a video of Mander’s speech went viral in which he is allegedly saying that “there is no longer trust in the courts and that supreme justice must be on the streets”.
The supreme court refused to listen to Mander’s petition after Attorney General Tushar Mehta produced transcripts of his speech to Jamia.
“Many have violated the majesty of the law. Are you also one of them? India Supreme Judge SA Bobde asked Mander Karuna Nundy’s lawyer while the Supreme Court made it clear that he will not be heard today. Mehta also cited an old Mander plea in which he invited Supreme Court judges to show loyalty to the nation.
On CJI’s reaction, Mander’s attorney, Nundy, sought time to verify the alleged hate speech, but SG Mehta said it was strange that he wanted time to verify his speech, but wanted FIRs against everyone immediately.
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