SC to hear Pramod Muthalik’s plea against Congress manifesto on May 10


The Supreme Court will on Thursday hear Rashtriya Hindu Sena chief Pramod Muthalik plea alleging that the Congress party in its election manifesto in Karnataka was seeking votes in the name of religion.
A Bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud on May 9 agreed to hear Mr. Muthalik’s plea, which also sought directions to the Election Commission of India (ECI) to delete the Congress party’s alleged appeal in its manifesto.
Advocate Vishnu Jain mentioned the matter for urgent listing and said there is a seven-judge Bench judgment which prohibits seeking of votes in the name of religion.
The plea has also sought disqualification of those Congress candidates who are allegedly seeking votes in name of religion in the Karnataka polls.
The Assembly election in Karnataka will be held on May 12, 2018 in 223 of the 224 constituencies.
The results are scheduled to be announced on May 15.


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