Hate speech: Hyderabad court to hear plea against MLA
There have been calls for action against Akbaruddin Owaisi after the speech was discovered on a video sharing site.
Hyderabad: A Hyderabad court is hearing a petition filed against All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) chief Asauddin Owaisi's brother Akbaruddin Owaisi for an alleged hate speech he made on December 24 in Adilabad, Andhra Pradesh. There have been calls for action against Akbaruddin Owaisi after the complainant discovered the speech on a video sharing site and moved the court.
Akbaruddin Owaisi is a MLA in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, representing the Chandrayangutta constituency in Hyderabad. He allegedly used inflammatory and derogatory words against a community while addressing public meetings in Adilabad and Nizamabad districts.
The court has admitted the petition and will decide on Thursday at 4pm whether to direct the police to file an FIR or whether the court will hear the case directly.
The Andhra Pradesh unit of the BJP has demanded state government to initiate criminal action against Akbaruddin Owaisi. The BJP is also planning to write a letter to Election Commission seeking de-recognition of MIM for allegedly making an attempt to promote animosity among people of different religions and trying to divide people, state BJP chief G Kishan Reddy said.
He said CDs containing Owaisi's "objectionable" speeches would be sent to the state Governor, Chief Minister and Assembly speaker seeking action against him.
(With additional information from PTI)