Owaisi hate speech: court asks police to probe

Akbaruddin Owaisi had allegedly used inflammatory words against a community in a public speech at Adilabad

PTI | January 3, 2013



A local court on Thursday directed police to investigate a complaint filed by a city-based businessman against Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi for allegedly making "hate speech" against a particular community.

Based on the complaint filed by businessman S Venkatesh Goud, the court of the 4th Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate directed the Osmania University Police to investigate the complaint under section 156 (3) of CrPc and file a report before it on January 28.

Goud had filed a complaint before the court alleging that the Chandrayangutta legislator had given "highly provocative and derogatory" speech against majority community, which was telecast on a local television channel recently.

The court in its order observed that all the allegations as mentioned in the complaint and reportedly recorded on a CD need to be thoroughly investigated.

BJP wants Owaisi arested
Strongly reacting to the alleged communal statement of MIM MLA from Andhra Pradesh Akbaruddin Owaisi, BJP today demanded his immediate arrest and expressed its anger at the Centre's "deafening silence" on the issue.

Former Finance Minister and BJP MP Yashwant Sinha today issued a statement seeking action against Owaisi for a speech which he described as "pure poison" and "objectionable in the extreme".

"Owaisi should be arrested immediately and brought to justice. His membership of the Assembly should be ended forth with and he should be peremptorily disqualified from contesting all future elections," Sinha told PTI.

The BJP leader said that such tendencies must be nipped in the bud by meting out exemplary punishment to Owaisi so that it serves as a deterrent to all such wrong doers.

Owaisi, brother of MIM MP Asadudin, is MLA from Chandrayangutta Assembly constituency in Andhra Pradesh. He had allegedly used inflammatory and derogatory words against a particular community in a public speech at Adilabad last week.

Sinha also wondered why the Centre and the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh have not spoken on the issue.

"The deafening silence of the Government of India and the shameless behaviour of the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh indicate the warped mindset of the Congress party towards minority communalism," he said.

The BJP leader maintained that Owaisi's comments violate the law, the spirit of the Constitution and the values the country stands for.

"What Owaisi said is pure poison which is bound to inflame communal passions. It is unthinkable that an elected representative of the people should not only harbour such thoughts but should have the temerity to express them in public," Sinha said.

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