Supreme Court of India on 12 March 2014 directed the Law Commission to look into the issue of hate speeches by social, political and religious outfits. In it direction the court also asked the commission to frame guidelines to regulate such provocative statements.
This direction was given by a bench of Supreme Court, which was headed by Justice BS Chauhan and included Justice MY Eqbal and Justice AK Sikri. The direction was given after the court refused to frame guidelines itself. It has directed the commission to look into the matter and give its recommendation to the centre.
The Apex Court passed this order following a PIL filed by an NGO that alleges that there is a need for guidelines. This PIL says that the hate speeches affects democratic nature of the country and also violates the provisions given in the Constitution of India.
The filed PIL has named Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh as the two states that recently had witnessed incidents of alleged hate speeches.