Hate speech: Yet another court asks police to book Owaisi

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 04, 2013 12:02 hrs

Hyderabad: Another court in Andhra Pradesh on Friday directed police to book Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi even as police issued summons with respect to the cases already registered against him for delivering alleged hate speeches.

A court in Ranga Reddy district, adjacent to Hyderabad, directed L.B. Nagar police station in the district to register a case against Akbar under various sections of Indian Penal Code. The court order came on the petition by advocate Janardhan.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has urged Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan to take action against Akbar for allegedly insulting Hindu religion and traditions. A delegation of party leaders led by party's state chief G. Kishan Reddy called on the governor and demanded action against Akbar.

The BJP delegation complained that the state government did not take any action and it was some lawyers and concerned citizens who approached the courts.

Earlier, police pasted a notice at the residence of MIM leader, who is away in London.

A day after registering the cases, police in Adilabad and Nizamabad districts served the notices on the legislator, who is in London for treatment. As nobody was available at his house in Banjara Hills here, police pasted the notices on the wall of the main entrance.

Akbar Owaisi has been asked to appear before police on Jan 8 at Nirmal town and on Jan 9 at Nizamabad for questioning with regard to the speeches he delivered during public meetings at Nirmal and Nizamabad towns last month.

Akbar Owaisi, who is leader of MIM in Andhra Pradesh assembly, faces arrest as the police have booked him under non-bailable sections of the Indian Penal Code.

Police registered cases under Section 121 (waging or attempting to wage war against the state), Section 153 (A) (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, language and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and Section 295A (for deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs).

A separate case against him was likely to be registered in Hyderabad Friday. On a petition by a citizen, a city court had Thursday directed Osmania University police station to book the legislator. Police officers said a case would be booked after receipt of court orders.

Another city court has adjourned to Jan 7 hearing of petition by an advocate, seeking action against Akbar Owaisi for making hate speeches.

Director General of Police V. Dinesh Reddy said they may also seek Interpol's help if the legislator is found to be deliberately delaying his appearance before police. He denied any soft peddling of the issue and attributed the delay to seeking legal opinion before proceeding against a legislator.

Akbar Owaisi, who represents Chandrayangutta assembly constituency, is the younger brother of MIM chief and MP from Hyderabad, Asaduddin Owaisi.

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