Delhi, Feb 27, 2020: The Delhi High Court Thursday granted four weeks time to Centre to file their response to a plea seeking registration of FIRs against BJP leaders — Kapil Mishra, MPs Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Sahib Singh and MLA Abhay Verma — and others for making provocative statements leading to multiple riots and mob attacks in north-east Delhi over CAA, Yahoo reported.
A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar gave the time to Centre after Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta contended that being the stakeholder “it’s our duty to maintain law and order situation”.
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“Considering the prevailing situation in the city, we (Centre and Delhi Police) have not taken the decision as of now. We have deferred the decision (on lodging of an FIR) as of now and it would be done at the appropriate stage,” the SG said.
Mehta further stated before the bench that decision on lodging of FIR against hate speeches will not be conducive in the present scenario.
“Action will be taken. We are making every effort to bring the situation in Delhi to normal,” Mehta said, adding that “let normalcy be restored”. He urged the court to grant him time to file a detailed reply.
Senior advocates Colin Gonsalves, appearing for social activists— Harsh Mander and Farah Naqvi — who sought lodging of FIRs into hate speeches leading to riots in north-east Delhi, stated that the FIR must be immediately registered against the BJP leaders and they should be in jail.
Considering the gravity of the matter, the bench gave the Centre four weeks time and listed it for further hearing on April 13.
Yesterday the same was heard by a bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Talwant Singh, which has directed Delhi police commissioner to take “conscious decision” of the issue and inform the court today.
Meanwhile, the LG has appointed Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta, three others to represent Delhi police in this case and all other matters arising out of law and order situation in the area of north-east Delhi from February 23 onwards.
The order was passed after Delhi government standing counsel (criminal) Rahul Mehra