Wednesday, 15 May 2019
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday declined to entertain a petition which referred to actor-cum-politician Kamal Haasan's remark about Mahatma Gandhi's assassin being a Hindu terrorist and had sought directions to the Election Commission (EC) to "restrict" misuse of religion for poll gains.
A bench of Justices G S Sistani and Jyoti Singh said the cause of action for the PIL by BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay was the remarks by Haasan which was made outside the jurisdiction of the high court here and therefore, it cannot hear it.
The court, however, asked the Election Commission to expeditiously decide Upadhyay's representation against Mr Haasan's remark.The petition, filed by Upadhyay, has also sought debarring of candidates and deregistration of parties that "misuse" religion for electoral gains.Mr Upadhyay, also a lawyer, has alleged that Haasan "deliberately" made the statement in the presence of a Muslim majority crowd for electoral gain.
The petition contends that this was clearly a corrupt practice under the Representation of the People Act (RPA) 1951.Mr Haasan, the president of Makkal Needhi Maiam, had in an election rally speech for his party candidate on Sunday termed Mahatma Gandhi''s assassin Nathuram Godse as independent India''s first "Hindu terrorist".