The Newshour Debate: Why kid gloves for Mr. Owaisi? (Part 2 of 2)

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MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi made a provocative, inflammatory speech nearly 10 days ago, but the Andhra Pradesh government has failed to take any action against him even as the hatemonger holidays in London. In fact, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister finds the case laughable. That is not all, the state DGP offered a ridiculous explanation and countered the blame of delay in the case, calling the inaction natural. It was only after a petition by a lawyer that the courts were forced to step in and direct the police to file an FIR against the leader. Meanwhile, there is a huge political and public outcry to bring Akbaruddin back to India so that he can face the law.

In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelists -- Prof Rajeev Gowda, Professor, IIM Bangalore; Shabnam Hashmi, Social Activist; Nalin Kohli, Leader, BJP; Dr. Tasleem Ahmed Rehmani, President, Muslim Political Council of India and Javed Anand, Co-Editor, 'Communalism Combat' Magazine -- discuss whether the state government should step in the Akbaruddin Owaisi case to ensure that religious incitement to violence does not become a political tool.