Cases dog Akbar like never before

: More cases are piling on Majlis leader Akbaruddin Owaisi for his alleged hate speeches. A local court here on Friday directed the Mangalhat Police to register an FIR and investigate a speech made by him against a particular community in Nanded last year.

Mr. Owaisi, presently under judicial custody, is lodged in the Adilabad District Jail for hate speeches made in Nirmal and Nizamabad.

Replying to a private complaint lodged by Mangalhat Corporator Raja Singh, the Sixteenth Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Court directed the Mangalhat Police to investigate the matter and file a report on or before February 11.

Meanwhile, a court at Nirmal on Friday granted Police five-day custody of Owaisi, accused of sedition over his “hate speech”. The Magistrate Court in Nirmal allowed Police to take Akbaruddin in custody from Saturday.In another development, the Seventh ACMM Court, which heard a petition filed by Advocate K. Karunasagar against Mr. Owaisi’s hate speech, asked the petitioner to seek sanction from the Government by January 31 to prosecute the MIM leader under Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Section 295 A deals with deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.

“We will request the Principal Secretary (Home) for getting sanction from the Government for prosecuting Mr. Owaisi. If the Government is convinced with our plea, then it will permit the Court for prosecution,” Mr. Karunasagar said. He added that his sworn statement would also be recorded.

The Nirmal and Nizamabad Town Police booked suo motu cases against Mr. Owaisi for his hate speeches. The Osmania University Police too registered a case against him following a directive from a local court, while the Second Metropolitan Magistrate Court of L.B. Nagar on Thursday issued summons, directing Owaisi to appear before it on February 4 in connection with another complaint. The OU Police have also issued notice to a local TV channel for airing the controversial speeches that Akbaruddin had made at Nizamabad and Nirmal. The channel has also been asked to hand over the video footage of the speeches to the investigating officer.

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