Hyderabad/Adilabad: The police slapped sedition and conspiracy charges on MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi on Wednesday, alleging that he conspired to spread communal hatred though his ‘hate speeches in multiple places’ and ‘shared the dais with many people’. This is the first time in the state that an MLA has been booked for sedition.
Owaisi was remanded to 14 days judicial custody by the magistrate of Nirmal munsif court, Mr K. Ajesh Kumar, on Wednesday, at 5.15 am.
The police added Section 124 A (sedition), 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 188 (disobeying the orders promulgated by public servant), 295 A (deliberate and malicious act to outrage religious feelings), 505 (public mischief) on Wednesday in the remand diary. This is in addition to Sections 121 (waging war against the nation) and 153 A IPC (creating enmity between communities) that Owaisi and others were initially charged with.
Justifying the additional charges, Adilabad police superintendent Sarvasreshta Tripathi said, “The conspiracy and sedition section are added as he was going on giving these speeches at multiple places and many people were involved in these. Though the permission was granted for the meeting, the rules were violated for which 188 Section was added. We have sought seven days police custody.”
The Adilabad police grilled Owaisi throughout Tuesday night and re-corded his statement. He was sent to Adilabad district jail after being remanded. The jail authorities have asked for additional security for the jail as Mr Owaisi is facing threats.
Another MIM leader, Azeem Bin Yahiya, who is said to have organised the meeting at which the controversial speech was made, was arrested by Nirmal police on Wednesday.
HC admits plea on multiple FIRs
Hyderabad: The AP High Court on Wednesday admitted a writ petition filed by arrested MIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi, seeking a direction to the police not to issue multiple FIRs on his alleged hate speech.
Owaisi’s counsel Seetha Rama Murthy told the court that two cases were registered at the Nirmal rural police station in Adilabad district, and Nizamabad Two Town police station on two speeches he made on Dec. 8 and Dec. 22 last.
He said more than one FIR cannot be registered with respect to the same occurrence. But the OU police had registered an FIR under IPC Section 153A and summoned him to appear on January 10.
The judge said that those aspects would be examined later and issued notices to the home department and police of Nirmal, Nizamabad and OU and others directing them to file their counter-affidavits.
In the course of the proceedings, Justice Narasimha Reddy passed strictures on the speech and said that it was not in good taste.
Referring to the alleged derogatory remarks about Lord Rama, the judge said, “He did not spare Rama, but today two Ramas came to his rescue by arguing the case before me.” D.V. Seetha Rama Murthy, former advocate-general, is appearing as senior counsel for Owaisi, and Mr C. Ramachandra Raju is advocate on record.
The judge said he had heard the speech and questioned how a public representative could make such comments in a public speech.
Citing the remarks of the MLA about the hanging of 9/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab, the judge said, “He spoke as if he were not an Indian while making a reference to Kasab,” the judge said. “The MLA should not forget that the police actually protected him when there was a gruesome attack against him a couple of years ago,” the judge added.