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MIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi booked for hate speech


Within hours of a court ordering the police to file an FIR against Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi for making a communally provocative speech in Nizamabad, the police in Adilabad booked him on similar charges.

While the Nizamabad speech was made on December 08, Akbaruddin made the hate speech at Nirmal town in Adilabad on December 24.

Despite the chorus demanding action against him, the police had not moved against the MIM MLA and leader of the party in Andhra Pradesh Assembly. Akbaruddin’s elder brother Asaduddin Owaisi is the Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad.

The police have booked Akaruddin under Section 153(A) of the IPC – creating enmity between different communities.

The MIM leader, in his almost two-hour long speech on Dec 24 at Nirmal, allegedly tried to instigate the crowd by calling for a “test of strength” against a community.

The police action comes hours before a local court was expected to give its verdict on the complaint filed by a lawyer Kashimshetty Karuna Sagar on the Nirmal speech.
The complainant had asked the court to file a case against Owaisi under Section 295A (for deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), Section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion) and other relevant sections of the IPC.

The lawyer has also claimed that he has received threats ever since he filed the complaint.

Book Akbaruddin: Court

Earlier, a court here today ordered the police to register FIR against Akbaruddin over a communally provocative speech made by him in Nizamabad on December 08.

Based on the complaint filed by businessman S Venkatesh Goud, the court of the 4th Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate directed the Osmania University Police to investigate the complaint under section 156 (3) of CrPc and file a report before it on January 28.

Goud had filed a complaint before the court alleging that the Chandrayangutta legislator had given “highly provocative and derogatory” speech against majority community, which was telecast on a local television channel on December 8 and 9.

The court in its order observed that all the allegations as mentioned in the complaint and reportedly recorded on a CD need to be thoroughly investigated.

Social activist Shabnam Hashmi has also lodged a complaint at Parliament Street Police Station in New Delhi against the MIM leader for allegedly making derogatory remarks about a particular community.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy told reporters here Thursday that the law would take its own course in Akbaruddin’s case. He said the government had no role in the matter and it was for the police to take action as per the law.

He said it had come to the notice of the government that Akbaruddin made provocative speeches in Adilabad and Nizamabad districts.

The MIM leader, whose party snapped ties with ruling Congress party in November last year, was addressing public meetings aimed at what was called exposing communal attitude of Kiran Kumar Reddy’s Congress government.

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