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Delhi HC refuses to entertain PIL on Kamal Haasan’s remark

PTI
Published : May 16, 2019, 3:55 am IST
Updated : May 16, 2019, 5:24 am IST

During the hearing, the bench said the incident happened in Tamil Nadu and therefore, the petitioner ought to have moved the high court there.

Actor-cum-politician Kamal Haasan
 Actor-cum-politician Kamal Haasan

New Delhi: The Delhi high court declined Wednesday to entertain the PIL which referred to actor-cum-politician Kamal Haasan’s remark about Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin being a Hindu terrorist and sought directions for the 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 cause of action has not arisen within the jurisdiction of this court... We find no grounds to entertain the petition,” it said.

During the hearing, the bench said the incident happened in Tamil Nadu and therefore, the petitioner ought to have moved the high court there.

Mr Upadhyay’s lawyer contended that they had made a representation to the Election Commission on May 13 against the remarks, but it has done nothing yet.

The EC’s lawyer told the court that the representation was made only on May 13 and the commission will need time to look into it.

The court subsequently asked the EC to expeditiously decide Mr Upadhyay’s representation against Haasan’s remark and dismissed the petition which had also sought debarring of candidates and deregistration of parties that “misuse” religion for electoral gains.

Mr Upadhyay, also a lawyer, had alleged that Mr Haasan “deliberately” made the statement in the presence of a Muslim majority crowd for electoral gain.

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