The petition also sought a ban on Khattar’s video so that it does not become a weapon in the hands of anti-national forces for creating political and social unrest and largescale violence, which is likely to result as the passions are high on account of the Lakhimpur Kheri massacre.
The petitioners in the case, who are farmers from Haryana’s Jind district stated that Khattar’s speech incites communal hatred, sectarian violence, as well as inciting a brother to commit violence against another brother and is “reminiscent of the days of the British Raj when English ruled India by force and used violence to quell lawful protests.”
The petitioners have sought directions for registration of FIR under Sections 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC against Manohar Lal Khattar for deliberately issuing the viral video promulgating ‘tit for tat’ on October 3 at the Haryana CM residence during BJP’s Kisan Morcha meeting. According to the petitioners, the statement was made by Khattar close to/immediately in continuation to the Lakhimpur Kheri farmers’ massacre, where the son of a Union minister allegedly ran over innocent protesting farmers.
“The farmers’ agitation is the right to protest guaranteed under the constitution and Khattar’s video amounts to crushing the agitation by force so that he is able to please the political bosses sitting in New Delhi. His action shows that he considers him above the law and under the wrong impression that he is a ruling emperor of the state of Haryana. The said speech takes away the constitutional authority vested in Khattar to continue as CM of the state. The main person responsible to uphold the law and order of the state cannot become the main person encouraging the breakdown of law and order, that too by clearly encouraging a political wing, to pick sticks and forcibly crush the ongoing peaceful protest by farmers,” the petition alleged.
The petitioners, who are farmers belonging to the Safidon area of Jind, claimed to have been deeply disturbed due to the shameful incident that occurred in Lakhimpur Kheri in UP on October 3. According to them, such a statement was not expected from the CM of the state, especially when on the same day in the morning, a major incident had taken place in Lakhimpur Kheri where the loss of human life had taken place.
The petitioners have impleaded the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA), the chief secretary and DGP Haryana, and the CM Manohar Lal Khattar as respondent parties in the state. The petition has been filed in the registry branch of the HC and a diary number has also been allotted. It is expected to come up for hearing next week.
CM violated oath:
“The speech which has gone viral will ignite passions in the state of Haryana and many other states due to the farmers’ agitation going on and this will cause the fact of adding fuel to fire and the integrity of India. This fact warrants the removal of Manohar Lal Khattar as CM of Haryana, for having made such a public statement which is a gross violation of the oath taken to uphold the Constitution of India. Khattar’s action has rendered him unfit to continue in office as he has violated the basic oath and allegiance to the Constitution,” said the petitioners.