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J&K Court rejects bail plea of Darshan Lal Thappa accused of hate speech

Last Updated on June 25, 2021 at 1:36 pm

The bail application of Darshan Lal Thappa, accused of promoting religious enmity through his speech against communities has been dismissed by a J&K court.

Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Jammu Amarjeet Singh Langeh rejected the plea. After listening to Advocate Pawan Kundal for the applicant whereas APP Kuldeep Bhat for the police, the CJM noted that the speech in the video had gone viral is highly disgraceful and brazen display of hate and ill-will against the community that petitioner is time and again referring to in his speech.

The court noted in its order that the accused delivered the speech before an audience comprising representatives of different organizations and speech alleged that a particular community engineered the partition of the country so as to maintain its monopoly to rule the nation. He also alleged that in order to distract attention from horrible act of partition, this particular community designed and brought about assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.

The court said that petitioner in the speech tried in every possible way to create hatred and trigger the emotions of the targeted community. Further the court said that the petitioner in the speech tried to promote hatred, dis-harmony and feelings of ill-will between different communities besides showing the particular community in bad taste and poor light.

The court further said that society cannot accept such grudges and brazenly propagate hatred among different communities. Thus the court rejected the bail. The accused was charged for offence under section 153A of the Indian Penal Code.