THE Supreme Court Monday refused to entertain public interest litigation (PIL) filed by advocate Shashank Shekhar Jha seeking an NIA probe into the alleged toolkit made by the Congress party to defame India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi amidst the ongoing pandemic.
Justice DY Chandrachud who was heading a two-judge bench told the petitioner that if he did not like the toolkit, he should ignore it.
“It is a part of political propaganda; if you don’t like it ignore it”, Justice Chandrachud said.
Jha contended that the toolkit contained terms like Indian strain or communalising Hindus. Singapore too has banned terms like Singapore strains.
Justice Chandrachud responded saying “India is democracy you know! Why should we issue directions under Article 32?” He said the time of the Supreme Court was being taken away by frivolous PILs.
Sensing the mood of the bench, Jha chose to withdraw the petition.
The plea also sought directions from the court to the Election Commission to de-register the Congress party if the allegations against it are found to be true.
Congress has denied it created any such toolkit which surfaced last month on social media.