Delhi Court Asks for ‘Action Taken Report’ From Police in Hate Speech Complaint Against PM Modi (The Wire)

The Saket Metropolitan Court has demanded that the Hazrat Nizamuddin Police Station submit the action taken report on June 5.

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By The Wire Staff

New Delhi: Delhi’s Saket Metropolitan Court on May 17, while hearing a petition filed by journalist Qurban Ali, sought the action taken report (ATR) from Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Police Station regarding a complaint of hate speech against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Ordering that the ATR be furnished on June 5, the court asked the concerned officers to specify what action was taken by the police if they had lodged Ali’s complaint.

The Court also asked the police authorities to specify whether they conducted any inquiry on the complaint filed by Ali, whether the officers found any cognizable offence committed as part of the inquiry and if so, whether a First Information Report (FIR) has been registered by the police against Modi on this matter.

Qurban Ali, a senior journalist who has four decades of experience in the field, has been filing cases in courts on matters of public interest including hate speech. On April 23, Ali approached his local police station in New Delhi to register an FIR against the prime minister for making communal and inflammatory remarks about Muslims at an election rally on April 21 at Banswara, Rajasthan. 

In his speech that day, Modi had said – falsely – that the Congress had promised to survey people’s property and that they would distribute “our sisters’ gold” to others.

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