A complaint has been filed before a Bihar court against veteran lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar regarding his remarks on the issue surrounding the FIRs which have been registered against former AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain pertaining to the Delhi violence.
The complaint was filed on Wednesday, March 04, 2020 by Advocate Amit Kumar, before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Thakur Aman Kumar.
Tahir Hussain has been accused of provoking and contributing to the violence that took place in northeast Delhi on February 24, 2020. Hussain is also considered as the prime suspect in the murder of Intelligence Officer Ankit Sharma.
The complainant alleged that Akhtar’s statements were seditious and promoted religious hatred, referring to the lyricist’s tweet from 27 February that read:
“So many killed, so many injured, so many houses burned, so many shops looted so many people turned destitute but police has sealed only one house and looking for his owner. Incidentally, his name is Tahir. Hats off to the consistency of the Delhi police.”
He added in a subsequent tweet, “So convenient to misunderstand me. I am not asking why Tahir, I am asking why only Tahir. Why not even an FIR against those who have openly threatened violence in the presence of the police? Even the HC has reservations about the role police has played in this orgy of violence.”
Akhtar has been called out as ‘traitor’ and ‘bigot’ for defending Tahir Hussain after his tweet didn’t go well with trolls.
The Delhi Police has already sealed a factory which belongs to Hussain in Khajuri Khaas area. Family members of Ankit Sharma, the slain employee of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) have also alleged that a few people who were pelting stones from the building belonging to Hussain in Chand Bagh, had killed Sharma.
Hussain refuted the allegation of any involvement in the riots or the killing of Sharma, saying, “I came to know from news reports that I am being blamed for the murder of a man. These are lies and baseless accusations. For our safety, my family and I had moved away from our home on Monday in police presence.”
The violence occurred after clashes took place between pro and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters spiralled out of control at various places in northeast Delhi.
The violence in northeast Delhi claimed at least 42 lives and left over 200 injured. The matter is set to come up for hearing on March 25, 2020.
Author – Devansh Dev