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Business News/ Politics / News/  Supreme Court refuses BJP's plea against Calcutta HC order on poll code violations, says ads about TMC ‘disparaging’
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Supreme Court refuses BJP's plea against Calcutta HC order on poll code violations, says ads about TMC ‘disparaging’

The Supreme Court's refusal to hear the plea upholds the high court's decision, maintaining the restrictions on the BJP's advertising practices during the Lok Sabha elections.

The apex court bench of justices JK Maheshwari and KV Viswanathan were not convinced by the BJP's plea, prompting the party to seek withdrawal of the petition. Premium
The apex court bench of justices JK Maheshwari and KV Viswanathan were not convinced by the BJP's plea, prompting the party to seek withdrawal of the petition.

The Supreme Court on May 27 refused to entertain a plea by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) challenging the Calcutta High Court's order restraining it from publishing any derogatory advertisements against the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) that violated the Model Code of Conduct during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, ANI reported.

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The bench of justices JK Maheshwari and KV Viswanathan were not convinced by the BJP's plea, prompting the party to seek withdrawal of the petition. 

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The court granted liberty to the saffron party to approach the Calcutta High Court to contest the notices issued by the high court's single-judge bench, the report added.

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"We see no reason to interfere with the Calcutta HC order and also observe that prima facie, the advertisements are disparaging," the top court stated, as quoted by ANI.

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On Friday, the BJP had approached the Supreme Court against the high court's May 22 order, which restrained the party from publishing any derogatory advertisements against the TMC, citing violations of the Model Code of Conduct during the Lok Sabha Elections 2024. The High Court's division bench had refused to interfere with the single-judge verdict, emphasising that a "Laxman Rekha" should be adhered to and there should not be any personal attacks by any political party.

The division bench underscored the importance of political parties following healthy electoral practices, noting that misleading electoral campaigns ultimately harm the voter. The BJP, in its appeal before the division bench, claimed that the single judge passed the order without giving it a hearing.

(With inputs from ANI)

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Published: 27 May 2024, 12:09 PM IST
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