May 13, 2022
Court resumes hearing AshwiniUpadhyay plea seeking stringent measures to control HateSpeech and rumour mongering.
Court is told that Senior Advocate Vikas Singh is on his legs in another court.
Order: Petitioner is permitted to amend the cause title and add ECI as a party respondent. We are not issuing notice, you can serve copy on respondents.
Supreme Court to hear a plea by Ashwini Upadhyay asking the court to issue directions to the Centre to come out with "effective and stringent" measures to control Hate Speech and rumour mongering in the country.
A bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice JB Pardiwala is hearing the plea.
Petitioner seeks issuance of notice.
Court: Why did you get this delinked? All this will be relevant for those cases also
AshwiniUpadhyay : This is different because ECI has also recommended the same thing
Court: The further directions that you are seeking can be heard with the connected matters, why was this delinked
AshwiniUpadhyay : Today I am seeking that Court issues notice to ECI
Court: this is not specific to ECI, also you have not made it a party, how can we issue notice.
Court: During election or otherwise, the regime should be same for hate speech..
Ashwini Upadhyay reads from his submissions. Refers to Amish Devgan case.
Court refers to prayer clause from the plea.
Court: How is different from other matters? All these issues are overlapping
AshwiniUpadhyay : Rumour Mongering is more dangerous that hate speech milord.
Court: we dont think this is in anyway different... there is no need for multiplying litigation