Nagaland among four states without nodal officers to curb hate speeches

New Delhi, November 29 (MExN): Nagaland, Gujarat, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu are the only states in India yet to appoint nodal officers to curb hate speeches, according to a status report submitted to the Supreme Court.

As per the proceedings in the apex court on Wednesday regarding the issue of hate speech, the Union of India filed a status report on November 20, listing 28 states and union territories that had appointed nodal officers in compliance with its order dated July 17, 2018.
Accordingly, the Bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and SVN Bhatti issued notice to standing/nominated counsel for the four states to submit whether they have appointed nodal officers in compliance with the earlier order.

"Affidavit in this regard will be filed by the respective states within four weeks from today. Details and particulars of the Nodal Officers shall be stated," the order said, further listing the matter in the week commencing February 5, 2024.

The Bench was considering a batch of petitions concerning incidents of hate speech in the country. Meanwhile, PTI news agency reported that the Bench observed that it was looking to put in place an administrative machinery to deal with hate speeches across the country and clarified that it cannot deal with individual cases as it will lead to flooding of cases.

"Hate speech has been defined by the court, and the question is of implementation and understanding how it is to be applied," the Bench added.