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Hate speech: Court to hear plea against Owaisi

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Hyderabad, January 02, 2013
First Published: 18:33 IST(2/1/2013) | Last Updated: 11:23 IST(3/1/2013)

A local court will on Thursday hear a petition against Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi for allegedly delivering a hate speech against Hindus.

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Advocate K Karunasagar, who filed the petition on December 28, has accused the MLA of Chandrayangutta constituency in Hyderabad of insulting his religion, religious beliefs and trying to stir trouble between Hindus and Muslims.

Karunasagar has alleged Owaisi used inflammatory and derogatory words against Hindu gods while addressing a meeting at Nirmal town of Adilabad district on December 24.

A video of the speech uploaded on YouTube was taken off on December 28.

The VII additional chief metropolitan magistrate on Wednesday reserved his order on the petition. The court will decide whether to direct the police to file an FIR against the MLA or take direct cognisance and issue summons.

The MLA is in London and could not be reached for comment. His elder brother and Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi said, "Our party will abide by the court order."

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