In the aftermath of the violence that ensued in Delhi claiming 53 lives so far, the Delhi High Court has deferred the hearing of the case pertaining to hate speeches allegedly leading to violence to March 12, giving time to Delhi Police and the Centre to respond.
The Supreme Court had ordered the Delhi High Court on Wednesday to avoid delaying the hearing of the pleas for arrest and prosecution of leaders who instigated the communal rampage in the National Capital and directed the High Court to list the petitions on Friday (March 6).
The case pertains to alleged hate speeches given by political leaders from the BJP such as MoS Anurag Thakur, MP Parvesh Verma and Kapil Mishra as well as those from opposition parties, such as Waris Pathan and others.
On Friday, the Supreme Court will hear the matter concerning a video dated December 16 last year, allegedly containing controversial remarks by activist Harsh Mander.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta cited a video clip of Harsh Mander where he is allegedly seen expressing no faith in the Supreme Court. Thereafter, CJI SA Bobde asked for a transcript of his speech. When the counsel for Harsh Mander denied the contents of the video, the CJI stated that they would hear all petitioners except Mander until this issue was clarified.
The Delhi clashes between pro and anti-CAA protestors that started on February 23 took a violent turn, claiming 53 lives so far. Though the situation has returned to normal in the national capital, the death toll due to violence in on the rise. A tremendous destruction of property also took place, with many people rendered homeless; their homes and shops destroyed in the arson.