In the heat of the electoral battle, political party leaders end up perhaps saying too much, or so it seems, if the cases filed in this regard are anything to go by.
At least three such cases have been filed over the past month in the local courts.
Consider this: A local court has issued notice to BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendera Modi and party affairs in charge Chandigarh, Aarti Mehra for allegedly ‘disrespecting’ Mahatma Gandhi during a recent rally here.
Almost all parties and leaders are facing court on one statement or the other.
This is one of the three cases filed in last 30 days in Chandigarh district courts, as the candidates seeking support for themselves end up being accused of “hurting sentiments” of people who take legal recourse against them.
Most such cases are filed with a prayer to the court to restrain leaders from issuing statements that reportedly hurt public sentiment.
Others seek unconditional apology.
OPINION IS DIVIDED ON THE MATTER
“Such petitions are doubleedged swords targeted at political leaders and celebrities are soft targets. Mostly, these are publicity stunts. The irony, however, is that such cases usually keep dragging and do not seem to be of much relevance to the society at large ,” said advocate Chetan Mittal.
“During elections, leaders end up making speeches that are offensive. Non-government organisations and others and others might have had a good motive in filing the case, but can end up being exploitative. Such petitions are mostly publicity stunts and peter out over the course of time,” said advocate Ashok Aggarwal.
However, advocate Shiv Murti Yadav, chairman of All Indian Human Rights Organisation, said, “These petitions have nothing to do with publicity. Political leaders cannot be allowed to build their image by disrespecting national leaders. The delay in disposal of these cases is due to the non-seriousness of political parties who do not turn up most of the times.”
With the latest case being registered, there, however, seems to be no end to litigation at the drop of a hat.