Akbaruddin Owaisi appears before Nirmal court in hate speech case

HYDERABAD: AIMIM floor leader and Chandrayangutta legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi appeared before a court in Nirmal on Tuesday in connection with an objectionable speech he had allegedly made in Nirmal seven years ago.
A large number of people gathered, while his supporters greeted Akbaruddin at the court when he appeared before the judge. Tight security was in place. The MLA presented himself before the court after a lawyer from Hyderabad submitted a representation to the director general of police asking about progress in the case.
Advocate K Karunasagar sought to know if summons were issued to Akbaruddin on the police record check (PRC 04/2018) in connection with the file of the Nirmal additional junior civil judge-cum-additional judicial first class magistrate which, he said, had been pending since March 2018.
Karunasagar contended that police were well aware of the whereabouts and movements of Akbaruddin, who was named as accused No. 1 in the case, and wondered why police did not serve him the summons. The lawyer pointed out that the MLA is under constant police protection.
According to sources, during his appearance on Tuesday, Akbaruddin wanted the case to be transferred to Nampally criminal courts in Hyderabad because of his failing health which would not allow him to travel to Nirmal for hearings.
Akbaruddin was first arrested on January 8, 2013, (crime No. 1/2013) and sent to judicial remand in connection with his comments he made on December 22, 2012, at a public rally. Cops registered a suo motu case then at Nirmal police station. After spending 40 days in the prison, the MLA was granted the bail.Akbaruddin was charged with making a hate speech, waging a war against the country and having intention to cause riots and booked under sections 153, 153A, 121 and 295A of the IPC.
The alleged objectionable speech that Akbaruddin had delivered in Nirmal before a huge crowd had already gone viral.