On the point of the latest chargesheet using the words “diabolical, insidious, rabid” to denote the February 2020 violence, Pais had on Wednesday argued that there was nothing diabolical about Khalid’s speech in Amravati, Maharashtra.
On Thursday, however, Prasad retorted, saying the speech had to be seen in the context of the prevailing circumstances at that time. He said the permission for Khalid to give a speech at the Amravati event had initially been rejected by the Maharashtra Home Department. Thus, his speech was in violation of the government order, Prasad argued.
“Speech alone we can’t see in isolation. We have to see the conduct. This is a case of conspiracy. We can’t isolate the role of each person. We have to see the wholesome conduct. Speech is given at a time, we have seen from chats, how a Twitter army is put in place to make sure that whatever videos are uploaded are widely circulated on social media,” Prasad submitted.