Hate speech: Police issue notices to Owaisi
A day after two First Information Reports (FIRs) were registered against Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) leader and MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi for his hate speech against Hindus at a rally last month, the Andhra Pradesh Police on Friday issued notices to the leader and asked him to appear before it for questioning.
The police reportedly pasted the notices on the wall of the main entrance of Akbaruddin's residence in Hyderabad's Banjara Hills area.
The notices were issued under section 41(A) of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
Akbaruddin has been asked to appear before the Investigation Officers of Nirmal (Rural) police in Adilabad district on Jan 7 and before the Nizambad II Town police on Jan 8 as he will be quizzed in connection to his hate speech, reports said.
Akbaruddin, who in a hate speech recently allegedly urged Muslims to take up arms against the Hindus, is in dock with legal proceedings beginning against him on Wednesday after filing of a case, even though reports said he has since been in London.
He is the brother of MIM chief and Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi.
A court in Hyderabad on Thursday directed the police to register a case against him for his hate speech against Hindus.
The leader has been booked under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, language and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and 121 (waging or attempting to wage war against the state) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
According to media reports, on Dec 24, Akbaruddin addressed a massive rally at Nirmal town of Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh, where he allegedly slammed Hindu outfits and parties like BJP, RSS, VHP and leaders like Narendra Modi of Gujarat and even said that 250 million Muslims in India can show to 1 billion Hindus who is more powerful.
Liberal Muslims have slammed Akbaruddin for his remarks and even celebrity Muslims like Shabana Azmi or Farhan Akhtar were vocal.
Actor and filmmaker Farhan Akhtar tweeted: "How can 2 girls be arrested in less than 24 hrs for a harmless FB post but Owaisi roams free after his blatantly communal rant?"
Shabana Azmi tweeted that the fight should now be between liberal Muslims and Hindus on one side and extremist Hindus and Muslim on the other side.
"Owaisi's hate speech must not go unpunished," she said.