Hate speech: `MIM MLA Owaisi will surrender before law`

The brother of Akbaruddin Owaisi on Saturday announced that the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen MLA will surrender before the law.

Zeenews Bureau

Hyderabad: The brother of Akbaruddin Owaisi on Saturday announced that the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) MLA will surrender before the law.

Akbaruddin Owaisi is facing allegations of making inflammatory speeches against a particular community.

According to Akbaruddin’s brother and party president Asaduddin Owaisi, their fight is not against Hindus but against the Bharatiya Janata Party and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy.

"MIM is not against any religion, our fight is with the BJP. Our fight is with Kiran Kumar Reddy," Asaduddin said.

On Thursday, the Andhra Pradesh Police had booked Akbaruddin Owaisi for his alleged hate speeches.

Two separate cases were booked by police in Hyderabad and at Nirmal town in Adilabad district under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Akbar, as the young leader is popularly known here, has been booked under Section 121 (Waging or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the Government of India) and Section 153(A) (creating enmity between different communities).

The 42-year-old leader is away in London for treatment and faces arrest for the provocative speeches, which evoked all-round condemnation from political parties.

Addressing public meetings in Nizamabad and Adilabad districts last month, the MIM legislator had made certain remarks challenging a particular community for "test of strength". The controversial speeches were widely circulated over Internet and a few individuals moved the court, seeking action against him.

Police in Hyderabad also registered a separate case after a city court issued directions to police on a petition filed by an individual.

Another court adjourned to January 07 hearing on another petition filed by a lawyer, seeking action against the legislator. The MIM leader has also filed a memo, pleading that the court hear him before passing the orders.

Akbar is the MIM legislator and party leader in Andhra Pradesh Assembly. He is the younger brother of MIM chief and MP Asaduddin Owaisi.

The fourth additional chief metropolitan magistrate court directed Osmania University police station to register a case against Akbar. The court passed the orders on a petition filed by Venkatesh Goud, a resident of Osmania University area.

The seventh additional chief metropolitan magistrate court adjourned hearing on a petition by Kashimshetty Karuna Sagar, an advocate.

The petitioner asked the court to file a case against Owaisi under Section 295A (for deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and Section 153A.

The petitioner also alleged that he had been getting threatening calls for filing the complaint against the MIM legislator.

Social activist Shabnam Hashmi has also lodged a complaint at Parliament Street police station in New Delhi against the MIM leader for allegedly making derogatory remarks about a particular community.

The alleged hate speeches triggered a political storm with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) questioning the delay on the part of the Congress government in taking action against Akbar. Senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu wondered why no action was taken till the national media took note of the speeches and some individuals moved the courts.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy had told reporters here on Thursday that the law would take its own course in Akbar`s case. He said the government had no role in the matter and it was for police to take action as per the law.

The MIM leader, whose party snapped ties with the ruling Congress in November last year, was addressing public meetings aimed at what was called exposing communal attitude of Kiran Kumar Reddy`s Congress government.

Akbar`s speeches evoked strong condemnation from all political parties. The main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Communist Party of India (CPI) said the MIM leader`s speeches were highly objectionable.

(With IANS inputs)