The Delhi High Court | PTI

By Scroll Staff

The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a plea seeking registration of a first information report against Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his alleged hate speech targeting Muslims during the Lok Sabha elections campaign, PTI reported.

Justice Sachin Datta said that the petition was “misconceived” and devoid of merit. The court said that the matter is pending with the Election Commission, which will take an independent view on the complaint as per the law.

The court said that it cannot be presumed that the poll panel, which is still considering the matter, will not act on the complaints, Bar and Bench reported.

The petition objected to a speech made by Modi on April 21 in Rajasthan’s Banswara, when he first claimed that the Congress plans to distribute citizens’ private wealth among “infiltrators” and “those who have more children” if voted to power, a dog-whistle reference to Muslims.

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