Hate Speech Against Sanatan Dharma By Udhayanidhi Stalin: Legal Action So Far
No FIR has been registered anywhere in the Country so far with respect to the alleged hate speech by DMK leader and Tamil Nadu Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin. The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's son had called for eradication of Santana (Sanatana Dharma) and had compared it to Mosquitoes, dengue, corona, and malaria. He had said while speaking at an event in Tamil Nadu on Saturday, “There are some things that we have to eradicate and we cannot merely oppose".
A Lawyer's notice has been issued to the Commissioner of Police, Greater Chennai Police by Legal Rights Observatory, through its Convenor Vinay Joshi, citing violation of the directions of the Supreme Court in relation to hate speeches, by not registering an FIR against the Udhayanidhi Stalin. The notice has been issued through Advocate Umesh Sharma. The notice warns of initiation of contempt of court proceedings against the Tamil Nadu Police if it does not register an FIR.
The notice read, “I through this legal notice hereby request you to issue directions to the concerned police officials to take Suo motto cognizance of the offenses of Sections 153A and B, 295A,298 and 505 of the Indian Penal Code, committed by the said Udhayanidhi Stalin and arrest him as the offenses committed by him are cognizable and punishable under law of the land.”
Two separate complaints have been filed before the Delhi Police against Udhayanidhi Stalin by Advocate Vineet Jindal and Hindu Sena chief Vishnu Gupta. As per the said complaints, the Minister has called for the genocide of Hindus and they demand registration of FIR.
A petition was filed before a court in Bihar seeking registration of an FIR against Stalin. Advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha has filed the petition before the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate in Muzaffarpur alleging that the remarks have hurt Hindu sentiments. The petition has been posted for hearing on 14 September.
As per reports, another petition has been filed before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Patna Sadar by Advocate Dr. Kaushalendra Narayan seeking registration of FIR under Sections 295A, 153A, 124A, 298, 499, and 504 of the IPC.
The Supreme Court had recently observed while considering a batch of cases relating to hate speeches from different parts of the country that all the communities are responsible for hate speech.