SC to take up petition against Sonia Gandhi after Hindutva case verdict

The Supreme Court on Thursday said that it will hear the petition filed against Congress president Sonia Gandhi over seeking votes through a communal card after the larger constitutional bench will pass its order in the ongoing case on Hindutva, which deals with electoral malpractices of political parties. The verdict was given by the top court after a petition filed by Rae Bareli resident Ramesh Singh who has alleged that Gandhi sought votes in the name of religion through her speech.
Court said that since both the matters are similar, it would be incorrect to hear the plea at this stage.
In his petition, Singh alleges that Gandhi is guilty of violating Section 123 (3) of the Representation of the Peoples Act, 1951.
The Supreme Court also said on Wednesday it will not hear the issue on whether communal agenda of a political party can be attributed to a candidate seeking votes or not. On Tuesday, the apex court said it won’t reconsider 1995 judgment that defined Hindutva as “a way of life and not a religion”.
The top court instead took up a separate plea filed in 1990 whether seeking of votes in the name of religion will amount to a corrupt practice under the Representation of the People Act and if it warranted disqualification.

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