NEW DELHI :
The Supreme Court will hear at length a Congress party lawmaker’s petition against the Election Commission (EC) over its action in dealing with complaints of alleged violations of the model code of conduct by Prime Minisiter Narendra Modi.
The hearing, set for Wednesday, follows the EC’s action in giving a clean chit to Modi in complaints of alleged violations brought by Congress MP Sushma Dev.
Appearing before the Supreme Court on Monday, the Congress MP raised objections against the orders passed by the EC.
Dev had filed a petition in April against the EC for its alleged failure to act on complaints filed against Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah, prompting the court to direct the EC to decide on all the matters by 6 May.
Acting on the court order, EC took action, clearing Modi in six cases.
Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing on behalf of the Congress MP, argued that in five of the six decisions, there had been dissent by one Election Commissioner.
He also alleged that there have been identical and similar remarks made by other political leaders in their speeches but while action has been taken against them, Modi has been given the clean chit.
He also argued that EC failed to give a reason for its decisions. Singhvi requested the SC to frame guidelines on the time frame for decisions to be taken by the EC, arguing the complaint becomes infructuous due to the delay in the decision.
The court directed the EC orders to be brought on record and the case to be heard at length on 8 May.
Dev in her petition said that Modi and Shah used “hate speech" at rallies to polarize voters. She said they made references to the operations by the armed forces in their “political propaganda" despite an EC guideline advising against such usage. The petition said that Shah and Modi made repeated references to the Balakot air strikes and Pulwama terror attack in a bit to showcase actions taken by the ruling BJP.