Hate speech plaint against Togadia
By Rizwan Khatik - Wed Feb 06, 6:18 am
New Delhi: At a time when The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) legislator is being interrogated over his alleged hate speech in Andhra Pradesh in Dec 2012, VHP leader Praveen Togadia’s hate speech is making rounds on Youtube. Whether or not government initiates any action against Togadia is a question that needs to be addressed.
In this video, the VHP leader is addressing Owaisi as dog in an indirect reference to his hate speech.
Owaisi was booked under sedition charges and is lodged the Adilabad district jail. He was grilled by Nizamabad police on Friday, Feb 1. The police earlier were granted permission to interrogate Owaisi on Feb 1 and Feb 2. The Chandrayangutta MLA was arrested on Jan 8 in this connection. The Nirmal Town Police in Adilabad district had charged him with sedition, promoting enmity between different communities and waging war against the nation. On Jan 9, a court in the town sent Akbaruddin to judicial custody for two weeks. Later, the court extended his custody to Feb 5.
The MIM legislator landed in trouble after a video of his provocative speech went viral on YouTube last month. It showed him saying “If the police are removed for just 15 minutes, 25 crore Muslims in the country will show they are mightier than 100 crore Hindus” at a meeting in Nirmal town on Dec 24, 2012.
After watching Akbaruddin spew venom, a petitioner moved the court against him. However, K Karunasagar was forced to appeal for security as he received three death threats on Dec 28. Cases have already been lodged against him in several police stations across Andhra Pradesh. Incidentally, Akbaruddin has also been booked for another provocative speech that he made on Jan 23, 2012.