New Delhi: Congress MP Sushmita Dev, who had filed a plea against PM Modi for his speeches violating the Model Code of Conduct, has now filed an additional affidavit before the Supreme Court stating that “the respondent Election Commission (EC) failed to appreciate that the hate speeches delivered by Narendra Modi and Amit Shah are ‘corrupt practices’ under Section 123A of the Representation of People Act, 1951.”
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On Monday, the Supreme Court had asked Dev to bring on record EC’s orders giving clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah on several complaints of MCC violations over their alleged hate speeches and using armed forces for “political propaganda”.
Fixing May 8 as the next date for hearing, a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta asked Dev to file the EC’s recent orders absolving the two top BJP leaders of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) violations.
Appearing for Dev, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the poll panel had passed “unreasoned” orders while dismissing complaints of MCC violations against Modi and Shah and moreover, there have been reports of dissent by one of the Election
Commissioners in passing some of the decisions.
Most of the decisions, which went in favour of the top BJP leaders, had not been unanimous and Congress party and its complainant leader had neither been supplied with the copies of these orders nor the grounds for them had been disclosed, he said. The poll panel, which took actions against other leaders for using similar phraseology, did not act against the Prime Minister and Shah, he said.
Dev’s plea had listed out several instances of alleged MCC violations by Modi and Shah in their meetings and referred to as the first violation the speech of Modi at a rally at Wardha, Maharashtra, on April 1 where he had allegedly raised the issue of ‘bhagva aatankwad’ (saffron terror).
The EC had said that it had already decided two out of the 11 complaints which were filed by the Congress party against Modi and Shah.
Earlier in the day, the EC had given a clean chit to the PM in two more model code violation complaints: One relating to his ‘roadshow’ in Ahmedabad on April 23 and April 9 speech at Chitradurga, Karnataka. With these decisions, PM Modi has been given a clean chit in eight matters till date.