Police seek time to inquire into complaint against Owaisi

New Delhi, Oct 7 (IANS) The Delhi Police on Friday sought more time from a local court to inquire into a criminal complaint against AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi for allegedly making seditious remarks and causing enmity between different groups.

As Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Munish Markan was on leave, the matter has now been posted for hearing on December 6.

The court had earlier asked police to report what action they have taken on a criminal complaint against the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief.

Moving a plea in the court, police said the Sub-inspector, who was earlier assigned the complaint, has been transferred and another officer has been given charge of the matter recently, so they should be given more time to file the action-taken report.

The complainant alleged that on March 13, Owaisi had said “Even if somebody puts a knife on me, I will not say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’,” and that expression of Owaisi showed “disaffection and includes disloyalty and a sense of enmity”.

The petitioner, Brijesh Chand Shukla of Swaraj Janata Party, had sought a direction to the Karawal Nagar police station chief to lodge an FIR against Owaisi for the alleged offences under Sections 124A (sedition) and 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, etc.) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

–IANS

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