April 22, 2019 | 12:02 AM IST

SC Notice to prosecute Yogi Adityanath in 2007’s hate speech case

In connection with an alleged hate speech delivered by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at Gorakhpur in 2007, the Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to UP Government asking to reply within 4 weeks that why CM Adityanath should not be prosecuted for allegedly giving hate speech. A Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice and Justices A.M Khanwilkar and D.Y Chandrachud issued the notice and asked the government to reply within 4 weeks.
In 2008, Asad Hyat and Perved filed a petition against Yogi Adityanath in Allahabad High Court for seeking an investigation by the CBI. The petition was filed alleging that the riots in Gorakhpur in 2007 were triggered by the hate speech given by Yogi Adityanath. He was then arrested and also went on remand to policy custody for 11 days.
Later an investigation was conducted against Adityanath under IPC Sections 302(punishment for murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 153A (promote enmity between different groups), 395 (dacoity), and 295 (Injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class). The petitioners in their petition said, “We have videotapes of CM’s speeches and sufficient material for initiation of action against the CM for allegedly instigating the riots by his hate speech”. The case was then transferred to the CB-CID, which investigated that the BJP leader’s voice in an audio recording was authentic.

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