The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a petition filed by AAP leader, Ashish Khetan, who had alleged death threat from right-wing organisations. The apex court instead asked him to approach the Delhi High Court.
A bench comprising Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit asked Khetan to approach the high court with his plea in which he has also sought framing of guidelines to be adopted by the probe agencies for dealing with such complaints.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Khaitan, said this was not a matter related an individual and the petitioner has also sought framing of guidelines.
When the bench initially refused to entertain the plea, Sibal said, “please inform me why you are not inclined to hear it. You are only saying sorry and dismissing it. How can I explain this to others”.
He said neither the police nor its commissioner had responded to Khetan’s complaint and despite the petitioner having a rank of a cabinet minister, nobody has given him a hearing.
Sibal also raised the issue of murder cases of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and M M Kalburgi and said “these are not ordinary threats. I (Khetan) have also written to the Delhi Police and Ministry of Home Affiars about it.”
“All I am asking is that these threats should be investigated. Such threats are coming due to the atmosphere nowadays,” he was quoted by PTI.
The apex court, on hearing the submissions, asked Khetan to approach the high court.
The AAP leader had moved the apex court on May 24 and sought protection alleging threats. He had said that on May 9, he had received a threatening letter written in Hindi at his office claiming that his death was imminent.
“It is submitted that the language and content of this letter is similar to the threatening article published by Sanatan Prabhat against Dr Narendra Dabholkar, both before and after he was killed. The threat is a chilling reminder of the growing confidence of the anti-national and fascist forces who want to exterminate all dissenting voices with silence,” he had said in his plea.
Khetan, who is the vice chairman of Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi, had sought a ban on right- wing organisation, Sanatan Sanstha, and a CBI probe monitored by the apex court into the alleged death threats.
He had also sought police protection following alleged threats from several right-wing outfits and formulation of guidelines for protection of people who get death threats.
“The petitioner herein respectfully submits that there are right-wing extremist organisations active in the country today. Some of the prominent groups among them are Sanatan Sanstha, Abhinav Bharat, Hindu Janjagruti Samiti, Hindi Rakshak Samiti, Bajrang Dal, Durga Vahini, Sri Ram Sene and Vishwa Hindu Parishad.
“Such radical right-wing extremist organisations have notably in the last couple of years carried out several murderous attacks on those who do not share their ideology and those who are rationalists, secularists, free thinkers, anti- superstition and critical thinkers,” the plea had said.