Delhi

HC to hear petition asking EC to take action against Kamal Haasan

‘Actor-turned-politician said Godse was India’s first Hindu terrorist’

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a petition seeking directions to the Election Commission to take appropriate steps to deregister political parties, which misuse religion, race, caste, community and language for electoral gain.

The petition filed by BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay cited that on May 13 president of the Makkal Needhi Maiam Kamal Haasan described Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse as independent India’s first Hindu terrorist.

“Speaking at an election rally for his party candidate in Aravakurichi Assembly constituency, where bypolls will be held on Sunday [May 19], Mr. Haasan had said ‘the first terrorist post-India’s independence is a Hindu. His name is Nathuram Godse’,” the petition said.

The petition was mentioned before a Bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A.J. Bhambhani, which allowed it to be listed for hearing on Wednesday before an appropriate Bench.

Mr. Kumar claimed that the statement of Mr. Haasan was “made deliberately in the presence of a Muslim majority crowd for electoral gain, which is clearly a corrupt practice under Section 123(3) the Representation of the People Act 1951”. He said as per Model Code of Conduct, no party or candidate can indulge in any activity which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic.

“Hence, Mr. Hasaan has violated the Model Code of Conduct in addition to Section 123(3) of the RPA 1951,” he added.

The petition additionally claimed that, “Mr. Kamal Hasaan is deliberately promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of Harmony and brotherhood, which is an offence under Section 153A of the IPC”.

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