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SC asks Law Commission to look into issue of hate speeches

A PIL filed by Pravasi Bhalai Sanghatan alleged that there was a need for guidelines as hate speeches destroy the fabric of democracy and violate the provisions of the Constitution

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Law Commission to look into the issue of hate speeches being made by leaders of political, social and religious outfits and consider framing guidelines to regulate such provocative statements.

 

While refusing to frame guidelines itself, a bench headed by Justice BS Chauhan, asked the commission to look into it and give its recommendation to the union government.

 

The court passed the order on a public interest litigation (PIL) by Pravasi Bhalai Sanghatan alleging that there was a need for guidelines as hate speeches destroy the fabric of democracy and violate the provisions of the Constitution.

 

The PIL had named Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh as respondents as the two states witnessed incidents of alleged hate speeches.

 

It had referred to the alleged hate speeches made by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray and claimed that no FIR was registered against them in the state.

 

The PIL had said that in Andhra Pradesh, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader Akbaruddin Owaisi had allegedly made hate speeches and was arrested for them. But after being released on bail, he had again made similar speeches in Nanded, Maharashtra, it alleged.

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IPL to start from 16th April in UAE

The initial phase of the T20 tournament would be played out at three venues in the UAE from 16th to 30th April

The first half of the 7th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament would be played in United Arab Emirates (UAE) with Bangladesh as standby venue for some matches. According to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the IPL matches would be played from 16th April to 1st June 2014.

 

The tournament, which had to be partly shifted out of India owing to the general elections, will return to India for the final phase from 13th May though the BCCI has sought the government's permission to stage matches in the country from 1st May itself.

 

The early return to India would be possible only if the government agrees to provide security to the tournament in states where polling would have concluded at that stage.

 

"The BCCI is pleased to announce that the 2014 Pepsi IPL season will start on Wednesday 16th April 2014, and conclude on Sunday, 1st June 2014," Board Secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement.

 

The initial phase of the tournament would be played out at three venues in the UAE -- Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah from 16th to 30th April.

 

The second half has been tentatively kept in Bangladesh but could be held in India if the BCCI manages to get the government's clearance.

 

"For the period from 1st May to 12th May, BCCI has approached the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, seeking permission to play IPL matches in India in cities where the polling has concluded in the respective state.

 

"BCCI is extremely conscious of the various complexities involved, but hopes for a favourable consideration. BCCI will abide by the decision of the authorities in this regard. If it is not possible to play in India during this period, IPL matches will be held in Bangladesh and BCCI is thankful to the Bangladesh Cricket Board and the government of Bangladesh for their support," the Board said.

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