Delhi Riots: HC Notice on Pleas Seeking Impleadment of Political Leaders for Alleged Hate Speeches

by Abbas Adil

The Delhi High Court on Monday issued notice on pleas seeking impleadment of various politicians and others in order to ascertain as to whether they ought to be added as party respondents in the pleas seeking registration of FIRs against political leaders for alleged hate speeches during 2020 Delhi riots, reports LiveLaw.

Hearing the impleadment applications filed by petitioners Shaikh Mujtaba and Lawyers Voice, a division bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Anoop Kumar Mendiratta issued the notices.

In the plea, petitioner Mujtaba sought impleadment of Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur, Parvesh Verma, and Abhay Verma as respondents while Lawyers Voice sought impleadment of as many as 20 people.

These 20 include Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Manish Sisodia, Amanatullah Khan, Waris Pathan, Akbaruddin Owaisi, Mehmood Pracha, Harsh Mander, Mufti Mohd. Ismail, Swara Bhaskar, Umar Khalid, Maulana Habib ur Rehman, Mohd Dilwar, Maulana Shreyar Raza, Maulana Hamood Raza, Maulana Taukir, Faizul Hassan, Tauqeer Raza Khan, and B.G. Kolse Patil.

At the outset, Justice Mridul orally remarked: “Before we implead, we will have to give them an opportunity. We can’t implead if they oppose it.”

The Court sought response of the aforementioned proposed respondents while posting the matter for further hearing on March 22.

The Court was hearing bunch of pleas seeking independent SIT investigation into the North East Delhi Riots of 2020. The pleas also seek registration of FIRs against politicians for alleged hate speeches and action to be taken against errant police officials.

One of the petitions filed by Jamiat Ulama-e-hind seeks an impartial investigation into the cases by a Special Investigation Team, headed by a retired Supreme Court or Delhi High Court judge. It is demanded that members of the Delhi Police shall be excluded from this SIT.

The petition also seeks a separate and ‘especially empowered body’ to enquire into all aspects of planning, preparation and causing of the riots.

Recently, the court had granted liberty to Mujtaba and Lawyers Voice to implead proper and necessary parties in their pleas on the specific allegations of hate speeches by various politicians.

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