Delhi violence: SC to hear plea for lodging FIRs over hate speeches
A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde has agreed to hear the plea filed by riots victims. The violence in northeast Delhi last week left 46 people dead and hundreds injured.
The Supreme Court on Monday decided to hear on March 4 a plea seeking registration of FIRs against politicians for hate speeches which allegedly led to violence in New Delhi.
A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde agreed to hear the plea filed by riots victims, PTI reported. The petition was mentioned for urgent listing by senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for the riots victims.
Gonsalves said that the Delhi High Court has deferred for four weeks the matters related to communal riots in the national capital despite the fact that people are still dying due to the recent violence.
The unrest in Northeast Delhi last week left 46 people dead and hundreds injured.
Meanwhile, a Muslim BJP leader said his and some of his relatives' houses were burnt down by rampaging mobs during the violence.
Akhtar Raza, the district Vice President of BJP's minority cell told PTI that on February 25, a crowd had gathered in his neighbourhood in Bhagirath Vihar in the evening and within a couple of hours mayhem ensued.
"The crowd raised religious slogans and began setting houses on fire. There are 19 houses belonging to Muslims in the area including mine and three of my relatives... all were burnt down," he said.
Raza alleged most of the rioters were outsiders. As he along with 12 of his family members were fleeing their burning home, they were pelted with stones by the mob, he said.
"I sought the help of police but was told that the force was short-staffed. I did not receive any phone call or relief from the party but I have been assured of justice," he said.