The Supreme Court today took note of the alleged hate speeches made by BSP Chief Mayawati and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during the poll campaign. The court sought to know from the Election Commission (EC) the action initiated against them so far. The counsel appearing for the poll panel said that it has already issued notices against the two politicians.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi summoned a representative of the EC for Tuesday while agreeing to examine the poll panel's contention that it has the limited legal power to deal with hate speeches of politicians during electioneering.
The bench referred to submissions of the EC that they can issue the notice, then advisory and finally lodge a complaint against an errant politician for violating the Model Code of Conduct by giving hate speeches based on caste and religion during the campaign. (AIR NEWS)