Responding to a PIL filed by an NGO asking the Supreme Court to instruct the Election Commission to stop hate speeches being delivered by several party leaders, the highest judicial authority has said that it will not interfere in the issue. Saying that any such curbing would infringe on the right to speech, The apex court has said that the matter is a state issue and there are already enough provisions in the civil, criminal procedure code to take necessary steps in the situation.
The court has also said that “We are a country of 128 crore people and there may be 128 crore views. This is the maturity of a democracy. For a person making such a speech, it may not be a hate speech… “Let all shades of opinion come before the public. Let them decide,” said the Supreme Court.
The Election Commission has said that it would take action on such hate speeches if only they are delivered during the Code period. The complainant mentioned the names of Akbaruddin Owaisi, Praveen Togadia, Raj Thackerey, Bal Thackerey and Varun Gandhi in his petition.