Pak scholar's visit: HC sees no possibility of communal strife

Mumbai, Mar 15 (PTI) The Bombay High Court today ruled out the possibility of communal riots in the city after the Pakistani scholar Tahirul Qadri has delivered his lecture observing that common people would not be instigated. "Even after the verdict of Ayodhya there was no untoward incident, people have now become wise," a division bench of Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode said. The bench was hearing a petition filed by socio-religious forum Raza Academy seeking directions to the police to restrain Qadri from entering Mumbai and addressing a gathering. According to the petition, Qadri may deliver speech against India and on Kashmir issue which might hurt the sentiments of the public and result in communal violence. Qadri is to hold two gatherings - one this evening at south Mumbai and another on March 17 in Central Mumbai. Public prosecutor Pandurang Pol informed the court today that the police have given permission to the organisation Minhaj-ul-Quran which is conducting the function. "The highest authority is monitoring the lecture and no law and order situation would arise," Pol said. An undertaking was also given by the organisation stating that the speech will not be anti-India and that a transcript of the entire lecture will be submitted to the court on the next date of hearing on Friday.

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