Supreme Court’s blow to anti-Hindus: Hindu Janajagruti Samiti and MLA T. Raja Singh’s public meetings cannot be banned !

Petitioner Shaheen Abdullah had alleged that hateful statements were being made in the meetings 

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New Dehli – During the hearing of a petition the Supreme Court rejected the demand to cancel the meetings of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti and MLA T. Raja Singh. Shaheen Abdullah had filed a petition in the Court demanding a ban on the meetings of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti and MLA T. Raja Singh. The petitioner had informed that ‘Hindu Janajagruti Samiti and BJP have organised meetings at Yavatmal in Maharashtra on 18th January and at Raipur in Chhattisgarh from 19th to 25th January’. Advocate Kapil Sibal represented the petitioner in the Court. At this time, the Supreme Court directed the District Collectors to ensure that no hate speech takes place in the meetings in Yavatmal and Raipur. It also clarified that meetings cannot be banned. While directing the Collectors, the Court said that they should see that the meetings do not in any way incite violence. Also, if necessary, the Police should be instructed to install CCTV at the venue.

A bench of Justice Sanjeev Khanna and Justice Dipankar Dutta heard the petition. The Court reprimanded advocate Kapil Sibal. The argument in the Court is given below.

Advocate Sibal: When something like this happens, we come to the Court and then a case is registered; but nothing happens further. Then such speeches continue. This is not right. See what kind of hatred is spread through this. This (hate speech) continues to happen.

Judges: We have seen the earlier videos of the speeches. We have given other instructions including installation of CCTV cameras. If provocative statements are made, we will take action against them; but we cannot assume that this will happen in advance. In your petition, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti or T. Raja Singh have not been made defendants. In such circumstances, from the point of view of natural justice, it would be inappropriate to ban their speeches. Once we had given directions, no such statements were made. We must remain positive. Why think from a negative perspective ?

This petition is an attempt to silence the voice of Hindutva by showing the Hindu victims as ‘Aggressors’ – Mr Ramesh Shinde, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti

Shri Ramesh Shinde

On this petition, the National Spokesperson of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti Mr Ramesh Shinde said, “How can the petitioners who filed the petitions against the alleged offensive statements of Hindus, don’t see the hate speeches of the Owaisi brothers ? Why don’t they speak out against those who make provocative slogans of ‘Sar tan se juda’ (Cut-off head from body) ? Why do these petitioners remain silent on the provocative speeches made by maulanas ? In the petition, it has been mentioned that the Hindus are using the language of ‘Genocide of Muslims’, but basically, Hindus have faced genocide in Kashmir. In Pakistan, as well as in Bengal, attempts are being made for another genocide of Hindus. While this is the reality, efforts are being made to label the Hindu victims as ‘Aggressors’. Hence, this is an attempt to silence the voice of Hindutva using such petitions against the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti.”