Paid News: SC refuses to hear BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay PIL

Supreme Court of India
Supreme Court of India, File Photo

New Delhi, July 30: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ashwini Upadhyay against paid news.

A bench of justices Ranjan Gogoi, R Banumathi and Navin Sinha said ‘you please go to the appropriate forum for this.’

In his PIL, Upadhyay had sought a direction to the central government to take appropriate measures to implement the recommendations of the Election Commission of India and Law Commission of India on the paid news and political advertisements.

He also sought from the top court to direct and declare that any act of indulging in the publication of paid news or paid content as a corrupt practice under section 123 (4) of the Representation of People’s Act, 1951.


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