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No chargesheet, arrests over anti-Muslim speeches in 2021, SC slams Delhi Police

A chargesheet should be filed in the 2021 case in connection with the hate speeches against Muslims during a Hindutva event, the Supreme Court told the Delhi Police Monday, questioning its tardiness in the matter.

Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, who was leading the bench hearing the case, questioned why the Delhi Police took five months to file a First Information Report and whether anyone has been arrested yet.

The city police has to file an affidavit giving details of the steps they have taken so far, the top court said.

“The additional solicitor general submitted that the investigation is now at an advanced stage. The report of the voice sample is expected soon from the forensic lab. A copy of the chargesheet be placed on records. The matter (will be heard) in the first week of April,” read the order.

The court was hearing a contempt petition filed by activist Tushar Gandhi, great grandson of Gandhiji.

The case involves genocidal speeches at an event in Delhi organized by the Hindu militant group Hindu Yuva Vahini in December 2021.

Many speakers including Suresh Chavhanke had called for the formation of a Hindu nation and urged people to kill Muslims across India.

The Delhi Police which comes under the jurisdiction of Union Home Minister Amit Shah had initially claimed that it was not a hate speech, as “there is no use of such words which mean or could be interpreted as ‘open calls for genocide of Muslims in order to achieve ethnic cleansing or an open call for murder of an entire community.”

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