SC says no contempt notice to Mander, seeks his reply on hate speech allegations

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 6, 2020 2:22:43 pm Activist Harsh Mander Hearing allegations of contemptuous remarks against the Supreme Court by activist Harsh Mander, the court asked Mander to file a reply to a Delhi police...

SC says no contempt notice to Mander, seeks his reply on hate speech allegations
By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 6, 2020 2:22:43 pm
Activist Harsh Mander

Hearing allegations of contemptuous remarks against the Supreme Court by activist Harsh Mander, the court asked Mander to file a reply to a Delhi police affidavit which accused him of delivering a hate speech during an anti-CAA protest at Jamia. The court, which will hear the matter on April 15, however said that contempt notice has not been issued against Mander.

The Delhi Police had accused Mander of instigating violence via a speech and said he is “known for taking contemptuous stand and bringing the judiciary, as an institution, and individual judges in disrepute”. Police urged the court to not only impose exemplary costs but also initiate contempt of court proceedings against him.

Appearing for Delhi Police, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said one more video of Mander had come to light. Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, who represented Mander, said remarks by the activist were neither contemptuous nor disparaging, and accused the government of browbeating.

The court had earlier declined to hear a petition by Mander, taking exception to his alleged remarks about the Supreme Court and Parliament. It said “till we sort this out, we will not hear you, but will hear others”.  It also refused to allow a victim of the Delhi violence to intervene in the matter pertaining to alleged hate speech by Mander during anti-CAA protests.