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Supreme Court to hear Congress plea over EC’s inaction on Modi, Shah’s speeches

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Supreme Court to hear Congress plea over EC’s inaction on Modi, Shah’s speeches

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The Supreme Court today (Monday, April 29) agreed to urgently hear a Congress petition about the Election Commission of India (ECI) not taking action on continued hate speeches and misuse of the armed forces as political propaganda by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.

In one of the most direct attacks against the EC, the 146-page petition said there was one set of rules for Modi and Shah, and another for the rest of the candidates.

The Congress sought directions to the poll body to decide on such complaints within 24 hours.

A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said it will hear the Congress’s plea on Tuesday.

Congress MP Sushmita Dev said the Election Commission had not acted on the party’s complaints against PM Modi and Amit Shah for three weeks. The Congress petition said the EC’s continued silence on complaints about hate speeches and misuse of the armed forces as political propaganda by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah amounted to a “tacit endorsement” of their conduct.

The Congress said that 40 representations on violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) were moved in the ECI so far, but no action had been coming from the poll body, which should be devoted to the concept of free and fair elections in a democracy. The delay in action, the Congress said, was a deliberate action itself.

Dev said Modi and Shah used “hate speech” at rallies to polarise voters and referred to the operations by the armed forces in their political propaganda despite a ban on such speeches.

The Congress said PM Modi violated the model code with a speech at a rally in Gujarat on April 23, after he cast his vote and held a roadshow-type event.

The Congress alleged Amit Shah violated the election code by politicising the armed forces in election speeches.

The EC had last month categorically told political parties to desist from referring to actions taken by the military in their poll campaigns in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack and the Balakot air strikes earlier this year.

The Congress has alleged that despite such clear instructions, Modi and Shah repeatedly cited military operations undertaken by the armed forces under the BJP rule at election rallies.

The petition said that since March 10, when the general election was notified, Modi and Shah had “specifically in sensitive areas and States, ex-facie violated the provisions of the Representation of the People Act and the Election Rules and the process.”

It stated, “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 ECI.”

PM Modi claimed at a campaign rally in Gujarat’s Surendranagar district on April 17 that his government had called Pakistan’s bluff after the Pulwama terror attack, which resulted in the death of 40 CRPF personnel on the Jammu-Srinagar highway on February 14. “Earlier terrorists from Pakistan would carry out attacks in our country and go back unscathed, threatening to launch their nuclear bombs if we retaliate. But we have the nuclear bomb of nuclear bombs. I told them to do what they want (but we will retaliate),” said Modi.

The Congress petition narrated how “the Prime Minister in blatant violation of the MCC held a rally on the day of polling in Gujarat on April 23, 2019 i.e. date of voting for the third phase of the election.”

The petition detailed the various reported utterances of the Prime Minister that allegedly violated the MCC, from portraying Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s choice of Wayanad as “a seat where the minority is majority” to the calling for votes in the names of the CRPF soldiers killed in a terrorist attack in Pulwama, Kashmir.

Amit Shah claimed at a public meeting in Bihar’s Sitamarhi on Sunday that the Modi government had secured the country’s borders and made national security its main priority. “India is only the third country after Israel and United States to have retaliated to terrorism in this brave manner,” he said.

The Congress in its petition said, “Inaction on the part of the ECI is a sign of invidious discrimination and is arbitrary, capricious and impermissible… certain selected very powerful individuals have been permitted to gain an unfair electoral advantage by their material infractions of the RP Act, Election Rules and the MCC.”

Such brazen violations were neither minor nor procedural, in any manner, it added.

Recounting how leaders like Mayawati were banned from campaigning for 72 hours for violating the MCC, the petition said that the lack of action against the Prime Minister and the BJP president despite cogent evidences, representations and exhortations to the ECI “demonstrates abdication and indecision and a complete absence of justice, in ensuring a level playing field in ensuing General Elections for the Lok Sabha.”

It said, “The inactions, omissions and commissions by the Respondent/ECI are in complete and direct violation of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution and which are impeding free, fair and unbiased General Elections, 2019.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Delhi Court partly allows Rahul Gandhi’s ordinary passport application, grants 3-year NOC

Gandhi had sought a No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the issuance of an ordinary passport before the Court.

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Delhi Court partly allows Rahul Gandhi’s ordinary passport application, grants 3-year NOC

On Friday, the Rouse Avenue Court, Delhi partly allowed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s application by granting him a no objection certificate (NOC) for the issuance of an ordinary passport valid for 3 years.

Rahul Gandhi surrendered his diplomatic passport after he was disqualified as an MP after the conviction order in the Modi surname criminal defamation case in a Surat Court in March this year.

Gandhi had sought a No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the issuance of an ordinary passport before the Court.

The Congress leader is an accused in the National Herald Case of which BJP leader Subramanian Swamy is the complainant.

Swamy opposed Gandhi’s plea syaing that if the leader will be allowed to travel abroad, it may affect the ongoing investigation in the National Herald case.

Swamy said before the court that the passport shall be allowed for a year and be renewed every year.

The court observed that the National Herald matter is ongoing since 2018 and has been making foreign visit. It added that there is no concern of him fleeing away or absconding and it is fundamental right to travel.

Swamy also stated that Rahul Gandhi’s citizenship was under question as he held a British citizenship, to which, Gandhi’s counsel Tarannum Cheema opposed saying two petitions demanding criminal proceedings on the citizenship matter had earlier been dismissed by the higher courts.

The Congress leader is expected to fly to the US next week, On June 4 he would be addressing a public rally at Madison Square Garden, New York, it would be Gandhi’s first public rally in USA.

Gandhi is also expected to deliver a talk at the Stanford University.

The National Herald matter is case based on a private criminal complaint by Subramaniam Swamy against former Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and others, alleging them for cheating, conspiracy and criminal breach of trust.

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Supreme Court grants interim bail to AAP leader Satyendar Jain on medical grounds

The AAP leader has been in Jail since his arrest in May 2022 by the Enforcement Directorate in an alleged money laundering case.

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Supreme Court grants interim bail to AAP leader Satyendar Jain on medical grounds

The Supreme Court today granted an interim bail to former Delhi Minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Satyendar Jain on medical grounds.

Jain has been granted a bail for 6 weeks by the apex Court. The bail has been granted till July 11 and the next Supreme Court hearing on the matter would take place on July 10.

The bail has been granted on certain conditions, the Court ordered the bail after observing Jain’s health conditions that he needs to get treated in a private hospital of his choice.

Justice JK Maheshwari while ordering the bail said Jain shall not meet and influence any witness related to the case against him. The Court also said, Jain cannot travel out of Delhi during his bail period and directed he cannot temper with the evidence.

The bail comes just a day after Jain was admitted to an ICU in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital, Delhi.

On Wednesday night, Jain collapsed inside the washroom in his Tihar Jail’s ward, he was immediately rushed to the Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital, then he was admitted to the LNJP hospital after he complained of breathing problems.

The AAP had shared a picture last night that showed Jain lying in a hospital bed with an oxygen mask in his face.

Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate has denied the medical reports presented by Jain saying it cannot be trusted and demanded an examination by a special panel of doctors in AIIMS.

The AAP leader has been in Jail since his arrest in May 2022 by the Enforcement Directorate in an alleged money laundering case.

After an ED investigation, it said during 2015-16, when Jain was a Minister in the Delhi government, the companies that were beneficially owned and controlled by him had entries of Rs 4.81 crore immovable assets, received from shell paper companies against the cash transferred to Kolkata through hawala.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh appeals opposition parties to re-think their Parliament inaugural boycott decision

Singh while speaking to media said no politics should be done on the new Parliament building inauguration as it is a symbol of the Democracy and an aspiration of the people of this country.  

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh appeals opposition parties to re-think their Parliament inaugural boycott decision

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday, has appealed the opposition parties to re-think on their proposed decision to boycott the inauguration event of newly constructed Parliament building by PM Modi on Sunday.

Singh while speaking to media said no politics should be done on the new Parliament building inauguration as it is a symbol of the Democracy and an aspiration of the people of this country.  

Singh further urged the opposition parties to give a second thought on their decision of boycotting the inaugural event of the new Parliament building.

The newly built Parliament building is all set to be inaugurated by PM Modi on May 28, a decision that has stirred a political uproar between opposition and the BJP-led Centre.

On Wednesday, a total of 19 like-minded opposition parties expressed their wish to boycott the new Parliament building inauguration ceremony.

The list of opposition parties to avoid the event include Congress, Samajwadi Party, Aam Aadmi Party, Nationalist Congress Chief, Shiv Sena (UBT), Janata Dal (United), Trinamool Congress, DMK and many others.

The parties released a joint statement mentioning that the decision of the inauguration by PM Modi is an insult to the constitution and democracy and alleged that it is a move taken to sideline the President.

Several opposition parties who have distanced themselves from joining the group  and have announced their decision to attend the event are Odisha’s Biju Janata Dal, Andhra Pradesh’s YSRCP and TDP, former PM HD Devegowda’s Janata Dal (Secular) and Mayawati’s BSP.

Yesterday, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also made an appeal to the opposition parties to change their stand and re-think about their decision to boycott the  inaugural event.

On May 18, Lok Sabha Secretariat informed about Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla had sent an invitation to PM Modi to inaugurate the newly built Parliament.

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