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Citizens have right to voice opinion on laws: Gandhis to HC | India News

NEW DELHI: Preventing a citizen from expressing a genuine opinion against any bill or law passed by Parliament is violative of the right to free speech and principles of democracy, Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi submitted before the Delhi HC, opposing a plea for a hate speech FIR against them in the February 2020 riots.
The Gandhis, in two separate affidavits, submitted no case was made out for the court to issue directions for registering an FIR against them and there was no requirement to order the constitution of an SIT to probe the matter.
The HC, while hearing a batch of petitions related to the 2020 riots in northeast Delhi, had on July 13 allowed several amendment applications wanting to implead political leaders, including Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, as parties to proceedings seeking an FIR and investigation against them for allegedly delivering hate speeches leading to the communal conflagration.
On Monday, a bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Amit Sharma listed the matter for further hearing on September 27. The affidavit explained that Sonia Gandhi “as a major leader of the opposition is bound by the fundamental duty towards citizens of the country to call out and criticise bills introduced by the ruling government that are detrimental to the rights of citizens”. Sonia and Rahul Gandhi also opposed the PIL on grounds of maintainability and called it a “publicity interest litigation”.

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