BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Mint)
BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Mint)

SC dismisses petition on poll panel’s clean chit to Modi

  • Congress leader Sushmita Dev had challenged the EC order giving clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah in the alleged poll code violation case
  • Dev said the delayed decision gave undue advantage to the ruling party

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to hear a plea by Congress leader Sushmita Dev challenging the Election Commission order giving clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah in the alleged poll code violation case.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta, however, allowed Dev to file a fresh plea against various Election Commission (EC) orders rejecting complaints of poll code violations by Modi and Shah during their election campaign.

Dev had filed an affidavit on Tuesday challenging the EC order, saying the delayed decision gave undue advantage to the ruling party. She had also alleged that the EC took an arbitrary decision with respect to representations against Modi since other political candidates who had made the same remarks were dealt differently.

The apex court on Monday had asked Dev to bring on record the EC orders giving clean chit to the BJP leaders on several complaints of poll code violations over alleged use of hate speeches and references to armed forces for political propaganda.

"Rightly or wrongly", the poll panel has decided the complaints of poll code violations and these orders warrant filing of a fresh petition, the bench said.

Dev had earlier filed a plea in the apex court alleging inaction by EC following complaints of Modi and Shah violating the Model Code of Conduct.

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