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Supreme Court refuses to stop rallies announced by VHP in Delhi; directs to ensure law and order

Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stop rallies announced by Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal in Delhi-NCR following Nuh Violence, directing the police authorities to ensure that no violence or hate speeches take place in the rallies.

In a special sitting held at 2 PM to hear an urgent application filed to stop the VHP-Bajrang Dal rallies in Delhi-NCR, the apex court asked the Delhi Police and the States of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to ensure that no untoward incident takes place in the rallies, Live Law reported.

The bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Justice SV Bhatti also directed the authorities to video record the rallies in sensitive areas and preserve the footages.

The top court pointed out that it has already passed an order in October 2022 directing the police to register suo motu FIR against hate speech crimes. Therefore, the authorities must ensure compliance with the order.

Twenty three marches have been announced by VHP-Bajrang Dal in various parts of the National Capital Region to protest against the happenings in Nuh, said Senior Advocate Chander Singh, appearing for the petitioner.

Hate speeches were made in the rallies which have already been held in the Delhi-NCR today forenoon and more rallies are going to happen today in sensitive areas, Senior Advocate Chander Singh said.

The application was filed by Shaheen Abdhullah as an interlocutory application in writ petition filed by him seeking directions to stop hate crimes.

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