Hate speech: Supreme Court refuses to entertain plea against PM Modi, Anurag Thakur (India Today)

The court was hearing a petition seeking directions to Election Commission to initiate appropriate action against alleged hate speeches by political leaders from the BJP, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during a public meeting for Lok Sabha elections, in Hajipur, Monday, May 13, 2024. (PTI Photo)

By Kanu Sarda

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to entertain a petition seeking to direct the Election Commission to take action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Anurag Thakur and the BJP for alleged hate speeches during election campaigns. Instead, the court asked the concerned authorities to take action.

A bench of Justices Vikram Nath and Satish Chandra Sharma questioned the petitioners as to why they had not approached the appropriate authority and directly approached the Supreme Court.

Senior advocate Sanjay Hegde, however, clarified that they have moved the Election Commission already but the authority is yet to take a decision.

On this, the bench said, “Why should we grant you any liberty? Sorry, we are not inclined.”

Hegde pointed out that petitioners in the case are reputed persons and said, “The plea is filed by Former IAS Officer EAS Sarma and a former IIM Dean Trilochan Sastry. This should be considered.”

This story was originally published in indiatoday.in. Read the full story here.


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