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Hyderabad Court acquits Akbaruddin Owaisi in 2004 Hate Speech case

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Akbaruddin Owaisi hate Speech

Shivani Gadhavi-

Published On: November 18, 2021 at 15:10 IST

On 16th November, 2021 the Special Sessions Courts for trial of MPs/MLAs in Hyderabad acquitted Akbaruddin Owaisi, a leader of All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) and Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) in a ‘Hate’ speech case registered against him in 2004. 

The Judgment was announced in an open Court in Nampally Metropolitan Court’s establishment. In the first alleged inflammatory speech that Akbaruddin Owaisi made in the 2004 election campaign near Grand Circle Hotel at Chandrayangutta, stated, “Lal Darwaza Ku Hara Darwaza Bana Doonga,” this statement was Alleged to be made for inciting enmity between followers of Hinduism and Islam.

A Suo-moto action was taken against Owaisi by a Police official who registered a complaint under Section 153(A) (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of Religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc. and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and Section 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the IPC and Representation of Peoples Act, 1951 and accused him of making an inciting speech at a public meeting in Hyderabad during an Election rally on 2nd April, 2004.

In 2010 Andhra Pradesh State Law Department granted its approval for the prosecution of the Chandrayangutta legislator in the 2004 ‘Hate’ Speech case.

After 17 years, the Court was hearing the matter in trial of MPs and MLAs in which Akbaruddin Owaisi was acquitted of all the charges that were made against him due to lack of evidence.

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