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Check issue of hate speeches: SC to Law Panel

PTI  New Delhi, March 12, 2014
First Published: 11:58 IST(12/3/2014) | Last Updated: 15:29 IST(12/3/2014)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Law Commission to look into the issue of hate speeches being made by leaders of political, social and religious outfits and consider framing guidelines to regulate such provocative statements.
 
A bench headed by justice BS Chauhan, while refusing to frame guidelines itself, asked the commission to look into it and give its recommendation to the Centre.
 
The court passed the order on a PIL by NGO Pravasi Bhalai Sanghatan alleging that there was a need for guidelines as hate speeches destroy the fabric of democracy and violate the provisions of the Constitution.
 
The PIL had named Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh as respondents, as the two states witnessed incidents of alleged hate speeches.
 
It had referred to the alleged hate speeches made by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray and claimed that no FIR was registered in the state.
 
The PIL had said that in Andhra Pradesh, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader Akbaruddin Owaisi had allegedly made hate speeches and was arrested for them. But after being released on bail, he had again made similar speeches in Nanded, Maharashtra, it alleged.

Read: SC refuses to restrain politicians from making ‘hate speeches’


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