Block inflammatory online video by “AIMIM Abu Faizal”, look into complaint filed for creating Hindu-Muslim hatred: Bombay HC directs State
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Block inflammatory online video by “AIMIM Abu Faizal”, look into complaint filed for creating Hindu-Muslim hatred: Bombay HC directs State

The complainant, Imran Khan, told the High Court that the video contained inflammatory statements provoking Muslims to assault non-Muslim doctors. The Court was approached after the Police failed to act on the complaint

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The Bombay High Court on Friday ordered the State authorities to immediately block a video uploaded online by one, "AIMIM-Abu Faizal", complained to have contained provocative content that would create hatred between the Hindu and Muslim communities. (Imran Khan v. State of Maharashtra and ors)

Responding to a plea filed by one, Imran Khan, on the issue, the Bench of Justices RD Dhanuka and Abhay Ahuja issued the following order as ad interim relief.

"... the Respondents are directed to block the said video clip uploaded on social media and more particularly, the video uploaded by AIMIM-Abu Faizal immediately on receipt of communication of this order."
Bombay High Court

The petitioner approached the High Court after the police failed to act on his complaint that the video would cause hatred between Hindus and Muslims. In this regard, the petitioner informed the Court of the following inflammatory content contained in the video, i.e.,

  • Allegations that the media has been directed to target Muslims and defame Islam under the garb of the COVID-19 pandemic;

  • Allegations that there is a vicious campaign led by RSS in the country to control the Muslim population;

  • Abu Faizal is seen provoking and encouraging his muslim brethren to assault non-muslim doctors;

  • Further, Faizal is stated to have said that Muslim patients must inject non-muslim doctors/nurses first before taking the prescribed medication.

The Court, in turn, observed that,

"A perusal of the Petition, prima facie indicates that there are serious allegations made by the Petitioner, against the said AIMIM Abu Faizal about inflammatory speech for creating hatred between Hindu and Muslim community and against the police for inaction. "
Bombay High Court

Therefore, the Court has ordered the State authorities to look into the petitioner's complaint, view the video clip and file a detailed affidavit-in-reply before the Court. The Bech has also ordered the police to launch an investigation against the said AIMIM Abu Faizal if it finds any substance in the complaint.

The matter has been posted to be taken up next on June 2.

Read order:

Imran Khan v. State of Maharashtra and ors.pdf
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