New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear the allegations of violation of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Wednesday, May 8.
On Tuesday, Congress MP Sushmita Dev who had already filed a petition in the above-mentioned matter, filed an additional affidavit before the Supreme Court stating that “the respondent Election Commission of India (ECI) had failed to appreciate that the hate speeches delivered by PM Modi and Amit Shah are ‘corrupt practices’ under Section 123A of the Representation of People Act, 1951.”
Dev had previously listed at least 11 alleged violations by both PM Modi and Shah and sought direction to the Election Commission (EC) to act on them. She had claimed that inaction by the EC was a sign of discrimination. Dev went on to call EC’s nonchalant behaviour as arbitrary, capricious and impermissible of the electoral process, as reported by PTI.
“Since March 10, that is the date on which general elections were notified, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, specifically in sensitive areas and states, have ex-facie violated the provisions of the Representation of People’s Act and the Conduct of Election Rules and the process, thereof. It is in public domain that they have indulged in hate speeches, repeatedly used the armed forces for political propaganda, despite a clear prohibition on the same by the EC,” Dev had alleged.
For that matter, the case was earlier adjourned after Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who appeared for the petitioner, had told the court that he wanted to submit additional documents. Singhvi, along with lawyer Sunil Fernandes had alleged that BJP leaders had been violating MCC in the last four weeks and the EC had not taken any decisions on as many as 40 complaints of Congress party.
Moreover, during the last hearing, the bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had directed the EC to decide on the complaints filed against the two leaders. The poll panel has given PM Modi eight clean chits and two to Amit Shah.
The EC on Tuesday even disposed of the case against PM Modi which was lodged by the Opposition leaders over his ‘Bhrashtachari No 1’ remark against former PM Rajiv Gandhi. The EC said there wasn’t any violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).
The EC said, “Prima facie, we did not figure out any literal violation of MCC as given in Election Commission of India (ECI) instructions. The case is therefore disposed of.”