Plea for MNS' de-recognition; HC seeks poll panel's response

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought a response from the Election Commission on a PIL seeking de-recognition of MNS for allegedly posting "objectionable hate" contents on the party's website.

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought a response from the Election Commission on a PIL seeking de-recognition of MNS for allegedly posting "objectionable hate" contents on the party's website.

"You (Election Commission) respond to the petition. List it for hearing on November 5," a bench comprising Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said.

The PIL, filed by advocate Mithilesh K Pandey in his personal capacity, has said the poll panel had on August 26 "wrongly" held that Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) cannot be de-recognised as it has already removed the objectionable contents from its website.

Earlier, the court had disposed of Pandey's similar plea on the issue by asking the EC to "expeditiously" decide his complaint seeking de-recognition of MNS on the ground of alleged violation of the model code of conduct by posting "objectionable hate" contents on the party's website.

It had, however, given liberty to the lawyer to approach the court again if he is not satisfied with the action taken by the Election Commission.

The lawyer, dissatisfied with the poll panel's decision, filed the fresh PIL alleging MNS has admitted to putting objectionable contents on its website and hence this is a sufficient a reason to de-recognise it.

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