Harsh Mander was criticised on Wednesday for a speech where he was critical of the government and the Supreme Court
Harsh Mander was criticised on Wednesday for a speech where he was critical of the government and the Supreme Court

A day after a video of human rights activist Harsh Mander did the rounds, where he is heard addressing a gathering, saying that there is no scope of secularism in Supreme Court especially after the Ayodhya verdict.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought response of activist Harsh Mander on the allegations of making hate speech during anti-CAA protests. The apex court also questioned Centre on registration of FIRs against BJP leaders Anurag Thakur, Kapil Mishra and others, if the atmosphere was conducive to lodge FIRs.

Incidentally, the video that did the rounds on Wednesday was a cropped version of a seven-and-a-half-long clip that had Mander's speech. Here the entire speech here.

During his speech, Mander and other activists that included Anjali Bhardwaj, Annie Raja and Harjit Singh Bhatti, also criticised India's poor healthcare system, saying "there's no hospital near the affected areas".

A petition was filed by Mander on February 27 seeking FIRs for hate speech in the wake of violent clashes in Delhi. But the Delhi High Court had deferred the matter by four weeks.

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