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The High Court while hearing the petition filed regarding the riots in north east Delhi have expressed their dismay on the prevailing situation. "The city is burning", the Court observed.
The Delhi High Court today directed the Delhi Police to take a "conscious decision" on the registration of FIRs against political leaders alleged to have made speeches that led to the riots in the capital city over the past few days. The matter will be taken up again tomorrow.
The Court has clarified that the Commissioner of Delhi Police will not only consider the allegedly inflammatory clips featuring BJP leaders Anurag Thakur, Parvesh Verma and Kapil Mishra but also other similar clips that are in the knowledge of the Delhi Police.
A Division Bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Talwant Singh was hearing Petition by activist Harsh Mander in connection with the riots in the city's North East area. This matter, which was initially supposed to come up before the Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel, was heard by the Bench headed by Justice Muralidhar, as the former as well as the second senior-most Judge, Justice GS Sistani was on leave.
In passing today's order, the High Court emphasised that the authorities must go strictly by the mandate of the law. One must seriously consider the consequences of the delay in registering FIR against hate speech, the Bench observed, also adding that the rule of law is supreme.
Notably, the Court also took note of an undertaking given by a police officer present in Court that he would personally sit with the Police Commissioner in perusing the videos containing the hate speech that is alleged to have triggered the riots in Delhi. .
Apart from seeking registration of FIR against certain BJP leaders for hate speech, the petition had also sought constitution of the SIT, deployment of army, compensation to those wounded and killed etc.