- A special court in Hyderabad acquitted AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi in two hate speech cases.
- The court dismissed the case against him and asked him not to make such provocative statements.
- MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi is the younger brother of AIMIM chief and MP Asaduddin Owaisi.
A special court in Hyderabad on Wednesday acquitted AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi in two 'hate speech' cases registered against him. The judgment was delivered in a case that took place ten years ago in 2012 when Owaisi was booked for two controversial provocative comments. The special court at Nampally, Hyderabad, while delivering the verdict on AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi, dismissed the case against him and asked him not to make such provocative statements, which is not good for the country.
MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi is the younger brother of AIMIM chief and MP Asaduddin Owaisi and is the floor leader of the AIMIM party in the Telangana Assembly. Asaduddin Owaisi thanked Advocate Abdul Azeem and his lawyers for fighting Akbaruddin Owaisi's case and ensuring he was acquitted.
The special sessions court for trial of MPs/MLAs, which had earlier posted the matter for judgment on Tuesday after completion of arguments by defence and prosecution, deferred the verdict to Wednesday.
Akbaruddin was booked under certain sections of the Indian Penal Code for making "hate" speeches wherein he allegedly used inflammatory and derogatory language against a community during his public speeches.
Earlier, multiple cases were registered against Akbaruddin for alleged hate speeches delivered by him in Nizamabad on December 8, 2012 and at Nirmal town on December 22, 2012. He was also arrested and subsequently released on bail.
The Crime Investigation Department (CID) investigated the Nizamabad case and filed the charge sheet in 2016 while the district police which probed the Nirmal case also submitted the charge sheet in the same year. A total of 41 witnesses were examined in the Nizamabad case while 33 people were examined in the Nirmal case.
(With inputs from PTI)