Hate Speech Cases: ‘File a case yourself without complaint…’ SC directs all states on hate speech, also warns of contempt

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Hate Speech Cases: The Supreme Court on Friday took a tough stand in the hate speech case. Extending its scope from Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Delhi, the court directed all states and union territories to take immediate action in hate speech cases. Said directed to register criminal cases against the accused immediately without waiting for registration of complaint. Also warned that delay in registering the case would be considered as contempt of court.

A bench of Justices KM Joseph and BV Nagaratna termed hate speeches as a serious offense affecting the secular fabric of the country. The bench said that where have we reached in the name of religion? It’s sad. On October 21, 2022, the Supreme Court directed Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Uttarakhand to take strict action against those giving hate speeches.

we only mean the constitution

On Friday, the bench said that the judges are apolitical and are not concerned with Party A or Party B and have only the Constitution of India in their mind.

Journalist Shaheen Abdullah filed a petition

The apex court’s order came on a petition filed by journalist Shaheen Abdullah. Shaheen had sought a direction against Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand to register cases against those making hate speeches. Abdullah had again filed an application seeking implementation of the apex court’s October 21, 2022 order in the states and union territories.

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