Delhi Police book Owaisi for hate speech

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 28, 2015 00:23 IST

The Delhi police have registered a case against All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader and MP Asaduddin Owaisi for allegedly waging war and promoting enmity among religious groups in connection with an alleged hate speech he had delivered last year in Hyderabad, police said on Friday.

Ajay Kumar, deputy commissioner of police (east), said the FIR was registered at the Farsh Bazar Police Station in east Delhi following a Delhi court order. The court had directed the Delhi police on February 18 to lodge a criminal case against Owaisi under relevant provisions of the IPC on a private complaint.

“We have registered an FIR under IPC sections of 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 121 (waging war against India), 153(A) (promoting enmity between different groups), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) in addition with section 66A, 66F and 67 of the Information and Technology Act following a court order,” said a senior police official. Further investigations are underway, he added.

The court had passed the order on the complaint of Ajay Gautam, social worker and a priest who was seeking to lodge an FIR against Owaisi for his alleged hate speech in June last year.

The complainant said that on June 5, 2014, he had read an article in the online edition of a newspaper in which Owaisi had allegedly delivered a speech against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He further said that this was not the first time that the leader had delivered a “hate speech and created terror and fear” in the minds of one community. Further investigations are on.

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