“I will expunge them. Court is not the platform for such things. These are scandalous allegations. It is not allowed. You take away merit of the petition by making such allegations,” Justice Siddharth Mridul of Delhi High Court said about the objectionable words used in the petition of Shiv Sena leader.
NEW DELHI – The Delhi High Court on Friday sought response from All India Majlis-e Ittehadul Muslimeen or AIMIM of Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on a plea seeking its de-registration as a political party. However, while issuing the notice to AIMIM, Election Commission and central government, the High Court reproached Telangana Shiv Sena president Tirupati Narasimha Murari for making “scandalous allegations” in his petition.
The Shiv Sena leader has sought de-registration of AIMIM, alleging that it raises issues concerning only Muslims and seeks votes in the name of religion.
When the petitioner’s counsel said that a political party cannot be registered on communal agenda, the judge said Muslims getting together for meetings cannot be qualified as “communal agenda”.
When AIMIM’s counsel resisted the issuance of notice on the plea of Shiv Sena leader, the judge said, “I am not putting on hold your recognition. I am just asking for your response.”
The petition reads: “The constitution of AIMIM clearly raises issues relating to Muslim community and thinks only for the welfare of Muslims, which is violative of the principles of secularism as envisaged by the Constitution of India…”
“The party having aim and object for the benefit of only Muslim community, formed on communal concept can in no way fulfil the object of secular principles. The declaration given by AIMIM to uphold the secular principles is farce and fraud on the law and the constitution,” it claimed.
It made some objectionable remarks about Muslims and partition also.
“It is noteworthy to mention that Muslims came from Arab countries and ruled for considerably long time, causing serious damage to the life, property, cultural heritage of the country and forced Hindus to embrace Islam at large scale, adopting most barbaric methods,” the plea read.
“In 1946-47, the disruptive elements forced the then thinkers and persons at the helm of political affairs to accept the demand of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, leader of Muslim League, for giving major portion of India to Pakistan as they did not want to live with Hindu community,” said Shiv Sena leader in his petition.
On this the Court said: “You can’t make such scandalous statement. This is not history. This is your view which is not desirable and irrelevant.”
“I will expunge them. Court is not the platform for such things. These are scandalous allegations. It is not allowed. You take away merit of the petition by making such allegations,” the judge said agreeing with AIMIM’s counsel and asking him to point out other objectionable portions in the plea.
The next hearing has been set for 3rd December.
Telangana is going to Assembly polls later this year. Earlier this week, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti dissolved the Assembly seeking fresh election. The election was due later this year.