BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has granted the Centre a four weeks’ time to file their response while hearing the pleas to lodge FIRs against hate speeches by BJP leaders and arrests in northeast Delhi communal violence. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta opposed the registration of FIRs over hate speeches during Delhi violence and Assembly elections. Mehta, representing the Delhi Police, said the situation is not conductive and sought more time to file his reply in the case.
The petitioner’s lawyer opposed Mehta’s argument and said, “48 FIRs have been registered so far in different cases of Northeast Delhi violence, so why not register an FIR now.”
Another lawyer of the petitioner said that FIRs can be filed in the initiation and if evidence is not found, the FIR can be quashed. The lawyer claimed that they are not pressing for arrest but the FIR should be registered so that arrest can be made later.
The court, meanwhile, agreed with the Solicitor General’s argument and gave Centre time to file its reply till next date of hearing on April 13.
The case is being heard by Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Harshankar. It was with the two-judge bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Talwant Singh who had directed the police to take a conscious decision by today on registration of FIR in respect of inflammatory speeches allegedly made by politicians.