Delhi HC grants Bail to Preet Singh, Accused in Hate Speech Case at Jantar Mantar

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Jantar Mantar Anti muslim slogans case

Alka Verma –

Published On: September 24, 2021 at 12:30 IST

On Friday, the Delhi High Court granted Bail to Preet Singh, who is accused of having connections with the supposed provocative and hostile Muslim sloganeering at Jantar Mantar.

Justice Mukta Gupta gave the verdict stating, “The petition is allowed. The petitioner has been granted bail.”

Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, who was representing Singh filed a Bail Petition on their behalf.

In his Plea, they argued that Singh was “not involved in giving any inflammatory speech or raising any slogan against any person or community”.

Adding to it, he declared that the interest of setting up a Hindu country didn’t draw in Section 153A (disdain discourse) of the Indian Penal Code

“I say with the greatest sense of responsibility, if the court holds that the demand (of Hindu Rashtra) comes under Section 153 IPC, I will not press my Bail application. In a democratic set-up, if it (the demand) is promoting enmity, I will not press my Bail,” stated Vishnu while arguing.

On the other hand, Tarang Shrivastava who was appearing for the prosecution argued that the judgment has no significance for the situation close by as there have been clear remarks made against a whole community by blamed people.

“It is not a criticism. It’s not about freedom of speech & expression. They are incendiary comments to insult a particular community,” stated Shrivastava.

Singh, who is the president of Save India Foundation is accused of being a co-organizer of the events where anti-Muslimism slogans were chanted.

Singh was booked under Sections 188 (Disobedience to public servant’s order), 269-270 (Negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life), 153­A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, etc.), 120­B (Criminal conspiracy) and 34 of Indian Penal Code.

Earlier, Preet Singh’s Bail was dismissed by a Sessions Court on August 27 in the wake of seeing that he was unmistakably seen, effectively partaking in the combustible addresses alongside different partners.

Also Read: Jantar Mantar Anti-Muslim Slogans: Delhi Court dismisses Preet Singh Bail plea

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