Court summons Owaisi in another hate speech case

In fresh trouble for jailed Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi, a local court on Thursday took cognizance of a complaint against him for his alleged "hate speech" and issued summons directing him to appear before it on February 4.

The II Metropolitan Magistrate Court of L B Nagar took cognizance of a complaint filed by one Balam Ishwar Yadav after he saw a video online wherein Owaisi allegedly made a provocative speech against a particular community.

The petitioner earlier requested the court to take cognizance of the complaint rather than issuing a direction to the police and sought for issuance of summons. He sought the court to take the matter itself under section 298 (uttering words with deliberate intent to hurt religious feelings) IPC after which the court ordered for issuance of summons against Akbaruddin asking him to appear before the court on February 4.

The court directed Meerpet police to serve the summons against Akbaruddin, who is currently lodged in Adilabad District Jail, said Assistant Public Prosecutor L H Rajeshwar Rao. Akbaruddin Owaisi, accused of sedition and criminal conspiracy for his "hate speech" was arrested from Gandhi Hospital here on January 8 and taken to Nirmal town of Adilabad district in connection with a case already registered by them against him.

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