Communal clashes: SC junks plea seeking judicial probe; expresses concern over hate speech incidents

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking judicial inquiry by former Chief Justice of India into the recent incidents of communal clashes in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri and in seven other states during Ram Navami.
The apex court expressed concern that incidents of hate speeches keep occurring in India despite court guidelines, issued on preventive measures to be taken by the government authority.
A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and BR Gavai dismissed the plea filed by advocate Vishal Tiwari.
“You want inquiry to be headed by former CJI? Is anybody free? Find out…What kind of relief is this…Don’t ask for such reliefs which can’t be granted by this court. Dismissed,” the bench said.
Tiwari, in his plea, had sought directions to hold an inquiry into the clashes that took place in Rajasthan, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat during Ram Navami.
The PIL also sought directions to set up a similar committee to inquire into the arbitrary action of ‘bull dozer Justice’ in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.
“There is no problem of trust. But what we see on the ground is different. Despite Supreme Court order, things [clashes] are happening,” the court said when it was asked by the Uttrakhand government to have faith, assuring that preventive measures would be taken as another Dharam Sansad is to take place on Wednesday in Roorkee.
The top court made it clear that if Uttarakhand fails in its duty to implement the said order then its Chief Secretary will have to appear before it with explanation.
As the Uttrakhand government counsel alleged that the petitioner was trying to protect one particular community, the Supreme Court pulled him up, saying “this is not the way to address in court”.
(With inputs from agencies)

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