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‘Ensure there is no hate speech at Dharma Sansad’: SC warns Uttarakhand govt

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  • Directs Himachal Pradesh govt to file affidavit regarding steps taken on hate speech earlier this month

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has in very strict terms warned against use of hate speech at the Dharma Sansad in Roorkee on Wednesday.

The Apex Court made it clear that the Uttarakhand Chief Secretary would be held responsible for any lapse in stopping hate speech.

“Follow the Supreme Court’s guideline regarding hate speech. Take all steps necessary to stop hate speech,” the SC bench said.

The order came following a petition by advocate Kapil Sibal seeking a stay on Wednesday’s event.

In a separate hearing, the Apex Court directed the Himachal Pradesh government to file an affidavit by May 7 regarding steps taken to prevent hate speeches.

Earlier this month, Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati had reportedly made hate speech against a minority community at a Dharma Sansad in Una in Himachal Pradesh.

“We want to see if any preventive steps are taken or not. File an affidavit and explain what steps were taken. These events do not happen suddenly, overnight. These are announced in advance,” the SC bench noted, pointing out that there are guidelines in place.

 

 

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