‘Endanger lives of millions of Muslims:’ 76 top lawyers write to Chief Justice of India on genocide calls

Seventy-six advocates of the Supreme Court have written a letter to Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, asking the top court to take suo motu cognisance of the calls for “ethnic cleansing” of Muslims at two Hindu parliaments in Delhi and Haridwar.

Naming a list of Hindutva leaders and Hindu monks who had given the call for Muslim genocide, the lawyers wrote that in absence of police action, “Urgent judicial intervention is required to prevent such events that seem to have become the order of the day.”

The letter includes names of Yati Narsinghanand Giri, Sagar Sindhu Maharaj, Dharamdas Maharaj, Premanand Maharaj, Sadhvi Annapoorna alias Pooja Shakun Pandey, Swami Anand Swaroop, Ashwani Upadhyay, Suresh Chavhanke and Swami Prabodhanand Giri.

The letter is signed by eminent lawyers including former Union minister Salman Khurshid, Dushyant Dave, Prashant Bhushan, and Vrinda Grover, and former Patna High Court judge Anjana Prakash.

“The aforementioned events and the speeches delivered during the same are not mere hate speeches but amount to an open call for murder of an entire community. The said speeches thus, pose a grave threat not just to the unity and integrity of our country but also endanger the lives of millions of Muslim citizens,” read the letter.

It went on to say: “In view of the seriousness and gravity of the aforementioned events it is most humbly prayed that Your Lordship may take suo-moto cognizance of the same and direct that action be taken against the guilty persons under Sections 120B, 121A,153A, 153B, 295A and 298 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.”

According to the lawyers, the recent speeches are a part of a series of similar speeches that they have come across in the past.

“It may be noted that no effective steps have been taken under the provisions of 153, 153A, 153B, 295A, 504, 506,120B, 34 of IPC in respect of the earlier hate speeches. Thus, urgent judicial intervention is required to prevent such events that seem to have become the order of the day,” state the letter.

The letter also talked about a few Petitions under Article 32 of the Constitution of India that are pending for consideration before the top court.

Several Hindutva leaders and Hindu monks, who addressed a 3-day Hindu Parliament ‘Dharam Sansad’ in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar, called for “war against Muslims” and urged “Hindus to take up weapons” to ensure a Muslim “didn’t become the Prime Minister in 2029.”

Ex-Delhi BJP spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyay was among those present at the meeting led by controversial Hindu religious leader Yati Narsinghanand.

An FIR has been lodged against Jitendra Narayan Tyagi, a former Muslim who converted to Hinduism, and unknown people in connection with hate speeches delivered at a Dharma Sansad in Haridwar to incite violence against the minorities, police said on Friday. None of the other Hindutva leaders and Hindu monks in attendance, despite the evidence, have so far had any cases registered against them.

Following outrage on social media, two more names were later added – Dharm Das and one Sadhvi Annapurna.  

Many including AIMIM Uttarakhand’s president, Dr. Nayyer Kazmi, Trinamool Congress’s Saket Gokhale, and two former service staff chiefs had filed police complaints against the Haridwar event.

‘Can kill 20 lakh of them’: Call for Muslim genocide at Haridwar event attended by 50 Hindu monks

The Hindu Parliament was organized in remembrance of late Bharatiya Janata Party MP Baikunth Lal Sharma and ended by taking a resolution to establish Santan Vedic Nation or Hindu Rashtra. Around 150 people, including 50 mahamandleshwars, attended the event.

Mahamandaleshwar is a title used by some Hindu monks of the Dashanami order of renunciates founded by Shankaracharya. Literally, “Mahamandaleshwar” means “superior of great and/or numerous monasteries” or “superior of a religious district or province.”

Apart from Narsinganand, who is the Mahamandaleshwar of Juna Akhara, the Islamophobic event was attended by Mahamandleshwar Swami Probhonand Giri, Mahamandaleshwar Anntanand, Mahamandleshwar Annapurna Bharti, Mahamandleshwar Swami Santoshnand, Mahamandaleshwar Maan Madhur, Mahamandaleshwar Loke Shanand Giri, Shri Mahant Lokesh Das, Sadhvi Prachi, Mahant Rameshranand and others.

The video clips of some of the speakers in which they can be seen making hate speeches, calling for genocide, the assassination of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have surfaced on the internet.

Annapurna Bharti, who is the secretary of Hindu Mahasabha and a Mahamandaleshwar of the Niranjani Akhara was talking in the event about killing 20 lakh Muslims following the footsteps of Nathuram Godse.

“Nothing is possible without weapons. If you want to eliminate their population then kill them. Be ready to kill and be ready to go to jail. Even if 100 of us are ready to kill 20 lakhs of them (Muslims), then we will be victorious, and go to jail… Like [Nathuram] Godse, I am ready to be maligned, but I will pick up arms to defend my Hindutva from every demon who is a threat to my religion,” she said.

This is not the first time when Bharti made such speeches. She has made headlines many times for such statements and activities. She was even arrested in April last year when she made provocative speeches against Tablighi Jamaat.

Another Hindutva leader from Patna, Dharamdas Maharaj in his speech talked about assassinating former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over his statement related to minorities’ rights over the country’s resources.

Calling India “Islamic Bharat,” Dharamdas Maharaj went on to say: “When I had read the statement made by our PM in the parliament saying Islamic believers have first rights on the national resources, I had thought that wish I would be parliamentarian and would have a revolver in my hand, I would shoot all six bullets in the chest of Manmohan Singh as Godse had done.”

Anand Swaroop Maharaj was speaking of waging war if the government didn’t accept the proposals passed by this Dharam Sansad.

Swaroop Maharaj demanded that Christmas and Eid should not be celebrated in Haridwar. “Every year, Christmas is celebrated in the city. I said that Christmas won’t be celebrated, Eid would not be celebrated. Those hotels, who would celebrate Eid and Christmas, should protect their glasses,” he said.

Narsinganad exhorted Hindus to take up arms to protect Hindu Dharma.

“Without taking up arms, there is no nation which has survived and can survive. They have an economy of 40 crore…. Economic power was transferred to them. There was talk of economic boycott earlier. There is still talk of economic boycott. When would you update yourself? Forget about swords. Swords are only played on stages. The one who win the war have sharper weapons than that of enemy…weapons can only save you,” said Narsinganand raising the slogan “Shashtra Mev Jayte (weapon is the victory) along with the crowd.   

Swami Prabodhanand, president of the Hindu Raksha Sena, a Hindutva organization based out of Uttarakhand, urged the crowd to get ready to be killed and kill others.

“We have to make preparations. And I’ll tell you what those preparations are. I will make myself clear, this is the solution, and if you follow this solution, then the path is made for you… in Myanmar, Hindus were being chased away. The politicians, government, and police were just standing and watching. They started by killing them by cutting their necks, and not only this, but they began to cut them in the streets and eat them. The people-watching thought we are going to die, we are not going to live,” he said.