Citizens have duty to ensure acts don't instigate, promote communal hatred: Delhi HC

Updated: Aug 18 2022 7:08PM

New Delhi, Aug 18 (PTI) Ensuring peace and harmony is the most sacred duty of not only the law enforcement agencies and courts but citizens also have the duty to ensure that their acts do not instigate and promote communal hatred or ill-will, the Delhi High Court has said.

Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma, while refusing anticipatory bail to a person in a case concerning the communal clashes in Jahangirpuri earlier this year, stated that all citizens have the fundamental right to personal liberty but the same is subject to duties that are cast upon them.

The court opined that the present accused, who allegedly attempted to disturb the communal harmony of the area by trying to create a rift between two communities, did not cooperate with the investigation and was thus not entitled to anticipatory bail or claim infringement of his fundamental right guaranteed under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution.