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Plea in Delhi HC to bar Farooq, Omar and Mehbooba from contesting LS polls for ‘seditious’ statements

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A plea was filed in the Delhi High Court on Monday seeking a direction to the Election Commission (EC) to ban Jammu and Kashmir politicians Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti from participating in the upcoming Lok Sabha election as their statements were allegedly “seditious”.

The petition filed by a lawyer alleged that the “seditious and communal statements” given by the three leaders were against the Constitution, adding that the court or the EC should bar or impose conditions on their entry into the Lok Sabha.

The plea is yet to come up for hearing.

All the three leaders are former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir. The petition has arrayed the EC, the Union of India, the Delhi Police, National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti as parties to the petition.

The plea moved by advocate Sanjiv Kkumaar has also sought a direction to book them under various charges, including sedition and inciting hatred, of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act.

“Issue directions to the respondent number 1 (EC) to ban the NC and the PDP from Lok Sabha election 2020 as respondent number 4 and 6 (the three leaders) are presidents of their respective parties and represent their parties and their ideologies,” it alleged.

The petitioner told the court that the National Conference President Farooq Abdullah and his son’s statement that they would demand revival of the post of Wazir-e-Azam and Sadar-e-Riyasat for Kashmir is unacceptable.

“Mehbooba Mufti, Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah’s seditious, communal statements are against the Indian Constitution and hence the court/ Election Commission should bar/ impose conditions on their entry to a very constitutional House (Lok Sabha) as their loyalties lie somewhere else and not in the Indian Constitution,” the plea said.

“Will it not be a mockery of democracy to allow those people and parties to participate in the Lok Sabha election when people/parties openly call for sedition to divide Mother India on the basis of religion (Muslim majority) and two prime ministers (for Jammu and Kashmir and the rest of India)…,” it said.

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