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SC irked over EC for not taking quick action against politicians giving hate speeches

The Supreme Court Monday expressed displeasure over the Election Commission not taking quick action against politicians for communal and hate speeches during the Lok Sabha campaigning and decided to examine the ambit of its power following submission that it was toothless . The top court, irked over not getting specific answers to its queries on the powers of the poll panel to deal with errant leaders spewing venom, even threatened to ensure the presence of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) before it within half-an-hour. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi took the cases of alleged communal speeches of BSP supremo Mayawati and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and asked about the action taken so far against them while deciding to examine the statutory powers of poll panel to deal with the violation of model code of conduct (MCC). So what about Mayawati. She was supposed to reply to you (poll panel) by April 12. She has not replied till today. What does the law permit .


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