In the Supreme Court, a petition has been filed seeking an investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into communal clashes that occurred across the country on the occasions of Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti. Attacking devotees during a procession by firing, throwing stones, vandalising vehicles, and inciting communal tension, according to advocate Vineet Jindal, is a threat to the country’s sovereignty.
“Given the gravity of the situation and a series of events across the country in seven different states, it appears that terror funding with possible ties to ISIS and other anti-national and international organisations is being used to target Hindus across the country,” the petition stated.
The petitioner expressed his dissatisfaction with the fact that on the auspicious occasions of Hanuman Jayanti and Ram Navami, multiple incidents of communal clashes occurred across the country.
“On April 16, during Hanuman Jayanti celebrations in Jahangirpuri, and prior to that, during Ram Navami celebrations in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Madhya Pradesh, and on the JNU campus during peaceful procession and celebrations, devotees were attacked,” the plea continued.
The petitioner asked the Supreme Court to order the NIA to take over the investigation of the FIRs.
An advocate, Amritpal Singh Khalsa, filed a letter petition with Chief Justice N.V Ramana, requesting that the Jahangirpuri riots in Delhi be taken Suo-Motu. According to the letter petition, the Delhi Police investigation has been partial, communal, and is directly shielding riot organisers.
“The acts of violence against devotees during a procession by firing, stone pelting, and vandalising vehicles, causing communal tension, are a threat to the country’s sovereignty and incite the Hindu community to retaliate because religion is at the heart of the community’s values,” the plea said. The petitioner believes that a series of events points to the involvement of terror funding, possibly from groups like ISIS, in a campaign against Hindus.
“The Delhi Police’s role in the 2020 riots has been minimised, and the public’s faith in them has been eroded. With this letter, I request your lordships’ assistance in exercising epistolary jurisdiction and forming a committee led by a sitting judge of this court to conduct an impartial investigation into the Jehangirpuri riots. At the very least, the scar as it currently exists has been somewhat relieved “, according to the petition letter.