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The Supreme Court today issued notice to the Election Commission of India in a petition seeking action against political party representatives and spokespersons who make speeches or remarks on religious or caste lines.
A Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna issued notice to the Election Commission in a petition filed by an NRI from Sharjah, Harpreet Mansukhani.
The petition states that Section 123 of the Representation of People’s Act, which enlists “corrupt practices”, does not specifically include speeches made on caste and communal lines. Therefore, it is stated, the provision does not have the potential to ensure a corruption-free election process.
It is also contended that spokespersons and representatives of political parties who are not contesting the elections often make speeches on caste and communal on TV programmes, and get away with it.
The petition states,
“The concept of Secular Democracy promised under the Indian Constitution for purity of elections is mandatory in order for a Democracy to thrive and succeed. It is a must for the Election and other legislative bodies to be kept free from unhealthy corrupt practices and unhealthy appeals of influence of appeals to religion race, caste, community or language. that could have devastating effect on a country and its constitution.”
Among the prayers sought in the petition are:
Read the petition and order below.