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HC refrains from hearing plea to bar Farooq, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba from LS polls

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Friday refrained from hearing a plea seeking direction to the to bar politicians Farooq Abdullah, and from participating in the Lok Sabha election as they have allegedly made "seditious" statements.

The court asked the petitioner to move the appropriate forum with his grievance after which the petition was withdrawn.

"Dismissed as withdrawn," said a bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Prateek Jalan.

The petition filed by a 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.

All the three leaders are former chief ministers of The petition has arrayed the EC, the Union of India, the Delhi Police, National Conference (NC) Farooq Abdullah, his son and as parties to the petition.

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

"Issue directions to the respondent number 1 (EC) to ban the NC and the PDP from Lok Sabha election 2019 as respondent number 4 and 6 (the three leaders) are presidents of their respective parties and represent their parties and their ideologies," it alleged.

"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 on the basis of religion (Muslim majority) and two prime ministers (for and the rest of India)," it said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 17:00 IST