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Haridwar hate speech: SC seeks status report from Uttarakhand govt

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Uttarakhand: In the Haridwar hate speech case, the Supreme Court has requested a status report from the Uttarakhand government.

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In the Haridwar hate speech case, the Supreme Court has requested a status report from the Uttarakhand government. The Dharam Sansad activities in the state in December are tied to the hate speech controversy. The state administration has until next Friday to respond to a petition challenging the event, according to the Supreme Court. The Uttarakhand government requested extra time to respond to the petition, which was filed by journalist Qurban Ali and senior counsel Anjana Prakash in January.

According to the state, chargesheets have been submitted in three of the four FIRs linked to the incident. The state has been ordered to provide a status report by the following date by the court.

The petitioners told the court that the next Dharam Sansad event will take place on Sunday in Himachal Pradesh. They submitted a motion to add Himachal Pradesh to the case as a party.

The petitioners have been given permission by the court to notify the local collector and superintendent of police about the incident.

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The lectures delivered during the three-day Dharma Sansad in Haridwar, which took place between December 17 and 19, provoked widespread indignation as various recordings of the religious congregation’s leaders surfaced on social media.

Several Hindu leaders were mentioned in a FIR filed by the police for allegedly delivering hate statements.

Days after the event, President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Chief Justice NV Ramana issued a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and more than 100 notable people criticising the remarks.

One of the seers during the occasion was purportedly observed making derogatory remarks against former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He referred to a comment made by Singh in Parliament, which was not captured on tape.

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