New Delhi, 28 April (Hindustan Times). The Supreme Court has directed all the states and union territories to take suo moto action against those who make provocative statements on communal grounds, irrespective of their religion. A bench headed by Justice KM Joseph said that the state governments should register FIRs for making inflammatory statements without waiting for any complaint.
In fact, on October 21, 2022, the Supreme Court had said that immediate action should be taken against those who make provocative statements on communal grounds, irrespective of their religion. The court had said that action should be taken on provocative statements or speeches without waiting for any complaint. The court had directed the governments of Delhi, UP and Uttarakhand to file an action taken report in the court regarding the action taken against those making inflammatory speeches in their respective states. The court had said that laxity in action would be considered as contempt of the Supreme Court. On Friday, the court extended the scope of the October 21 order of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand to all states and union territories.
The petition has been filed by Shaheen Abdullah. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the petitioner, had said that something needs to be done in such cases. If the courts will not do anything, then only God can save this country. Something should be done against those leaders. Then Justice Ajay Rastogi said, do not take the Supreme Court and the country lightly.
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