New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Delhi police to respond to the plea of CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat challenging the Delhi High Court’s order dismissing a petition against the trial court’s refusal to order registration of an FIR against Union Minister Anurag Thakur and his BJP MP Pravesh Verma for their alleged hate speeches over anti-CAA protests.

A bench of Justices KM Joseph and BV Nagarathna issued the notice to the city police and sought its response within three weeks.

The high court had refused to interfere with the trial court’s order, saying under the law sanction is required to be obtained from the competent authority for registration of FIR in the present facts. The petitioners had claimed in their complaint before the trial court that Thakur and Verma had sought to “incite people as a result of which three incidents of firing took place at two different protest sites in Delhi”. The petitioners alleged, at a rally in Rithala in the national capital on January 27, 2020, Thakur egged on the crowd to raise an incendiary slogan — “shoot the traitors”– after lashing out at anti CAA protesters of Shaheen Bagh…

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