PM Modi’s alleged hate speech: SC refuses to entertain plea to ban him from elections

A bench of Justices Vikram Nath and SC Sharma asked the petitioner to approach the authorities concerned for the redressal of the grievance.

BySouth First Desk

Published May 14, 2024 | 4:20 PMUpdatedMay 14, 2024 | 6:23 PM

Narendra Modi addressing a rally at Vemagiri in Rajamahendravaram

The Supreme Court on Tuesday, 14 May, refused to entertain a plea seeking to ban Prime Minister Narendra Modi from elections for allegedly making hate speeches and violating the Model Code of Conduct during campaigning for Lok Sabha elections.

After a bench comprising Justices Vikram Nath and SC Sharma showed reluctance to entertain the matter, the petitioner chose to withdraw the plea.

“Have you approached authorities? For writ of mandamus you must approach the authorities first,” the bench said.

On 21 April, in alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct, PM Modi claimed that if voted to power, Congress would redistribute the wealth to “infiltrators” and “those who have more children,” while referring to the Muslim community.

Speaking at a rally in Rajasthan, the PM asked the people, “Should your hard-earned money be given to illegal migrants, and infiltrators? Is that acceptable to you?” He also falsely claimed that the previous UPA government had said: “Muslims had the first claim to India’s resources.”

A few days later, over 17,000 citizens wrote to the Election Commission of India seeking strict action against the PM for his speech. The letter said that Modi’s speech is not only “appealing to ‘communal feelings’ but also instigating and aggravating hatred in Hindus against Muslims.”

Related: Over 17,000 citizens write to ECI demanding action against PM Modi for ‘hate speech’

On 14 May, the apex court was hearing a plea filed by Fatima, through Advocate Anand S Jondhale, seeking a direction to the Election Commission to disqualify Modi from elections for six years under the Representation of People Act.

According to Live Law, the plea said that the statement made by the PM “is not only inflammatory but illegal and promoting ill feeling amongst communities.”

After SC’s reluctance, the petitioner agreed to withdraw the petition but sought liberty to approach the ECI. However, Justice Nath said, “Why should we (grant liberty)? That’s your job, your problem”.

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(Edited by Neena)