Plea referred to Justice KM Joseph handling Hate speech cases: Supreme Court

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In the Brinda Karat and Anr. vs State of NCT of Delhi and Anr. case, a petition was filed by CPI(M) leaders Brinda Karat and K.M. Tiwari challenging the trial Court’s decision. The decision was regarding the refusal to direct registration of FIR against BJP leaders, Parvesh Verma and Anurag Thakur for alleged hate speeches in 2020 on anti- CAA protest at Shaheen Bagh. 
A Special Leave Petition was filed against the order of dismissal of the Criminal Writ petition given by the High Court. The Criminal Writ petition was filed against the trial Court’s decision, rejecting the plea for FIR registration against BJP leaders for delivering hate speech. While hearing the case, the Supreme Court bench including Justice Sanjiv Khanna and M M Sundresh referred the plea to the bench headed by Justice KM Joseph. 

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Justice Sanjiv Khanna asked the Counsel (appearing for the petitioner) whether there were any other similar pending cases before the top Court. To this, the Counsel informed the top Court that the bench led by Justice KM Joseph was dealing with certain cases seeking action against hate speech. Considering this, Justices ordered, “Matter be listed before the same bench subject to orders of the Hon’ble Chief Justice”. 

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