BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday turned down the Centre’s plea for more time and said all petitions related to Northeast Delhi’s violence – including the hate speech cases – will be heard by the Delhi High Court on Friday.
“All other connected matters on the same subject which were adjourned may be advanced and taken up on Friday. We request the High Court to deal with these cases expeditiously,” Chief Justice S.A. Bobde said while hearing the plea from the victims of violence.
A clutch of petitions were filed in the top court by the victims, asking for action against the BJP leaders responsible for hate speech, which allegedly played a key role in the spread of violence in Northeast Delhi last week. The four-day communal riot had left 48 people dead and more than 300 people injured.
The group approached the top court after the Delhi High Court last week gave the police four weeks to provide an update on action taken against the leaders accused of inciting violence over the controversial citizenship law.
“We think that adjournment of such long period (by the High Court) is unjustified. We also do not want to assume jurisdiction of HC when it is seized of the matter,” Justice Bobde said.