The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a plea seeking immediate registration of first information reports (FIR) against BJP leaders Anurag Thakur, Kapil Mishra and others for their alleged inflammatory speeches that triggered violence in Delhi.
The court will hear the matter on 4 March.
The plea sought an early listing of the matter before the SC court bench headed by the Chief Justice SA Bobde.
Arguing vehemently for an urgent hearing, senior advocate Colin Gonsalves said, "The urgency is that 5 or 6 personalities are going around encouraging it."
"We will hear it. But you must understand we are not equipped to prevent such things from happening. We can only come into scene after such riots have happened. Court can never prevent such things", Chief Justice SA Bobde replied.
Gonsalves represented the public interest litigation (PIL) on behalf of group of survivors and victims of Delhi riots.
The petition seeks series of directions from the court including immediate FIR against Kapil mishra, Anurag thakur, Pravesh verma and all others who indulged in hate speech, rioting, murder and arson.
It has also sought setting up a special investigative team with officers from outside Delhi to probe into the riots. The PIL also seeks appointing a committee headed by a retired judge to launch a probe against the police persons involved. The petition also requested for the army to be called in to maintain law and order.
Prayers in the petition include exemplary compensation to all victims, making public the full list of persons detained by police and paramilitary, preserving all CCTV footage of riot-affected areas and immediate release of postmortem reports.