BJP moves SC against Calcutta high court’s order barring ‘derogatory’ ads on TMC | India News

NEW DELHI: BJP on Friday moved Supreme Court challenging Calcutta high court‘s order barring ‘derogatory’ ads on Trinamool Congress (TMC) for violating the Model Code of Conduct during the Lok Sabha election process.
This comes after a Calcutta high court division bench upheld a single-judge order in he case on May 22.
Highlighting the need to adhere to a “Lakshman Rekha,” the division bench had said that no political party should engage in personal attacks.
Declining to interfere with the single judge’s May 20 order, the division bench suggested that the BJP could seek a review or recall of the order from the single judge.
Calcutta HC on May 20 while hearing Trinamool Congress’s petition against BJP’s allegedly offensive poll ads said EC has “grossly failed” to address complaints about violations of the model code of poll conduct.
Restraining BJP from publishing material that violates the model code, Justice Sabyasachi Bhattacharya held a string of ads issued by BJP on May 4, 5, 10 and 12 in sections of the media as “derogatory” and “slanderous”.
The judge said such ads must be barred in the interest of free, fair and untainted elections. “Any resolution adopted by EC after June 4 means nothing,” he said, responding to TMC’s allegation that EC had been sitting on its complaints.
(With agency inputs)

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