SC refuses to entertain PIL against Congress Toolkit

On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to entertain a PIL against the Congress toolkit which sought investigation by the National Investigation Agency and further a suspension of registration of Congress as a party if the charges against them of “anti-national acts” are found to be true.

The toolkit here means a document allegedly formulated by the Congress that provided instructions and strategies to its members pertaining to mobilizing a campaign with an intent to defame India and its government for its handling of second wave of COVID.

The bench enquired the petitioners as to how a matter pertaining to political agenda could be entertained under Article 32 of the Constitution.

The bench headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justices MR Shah held that if someone doesn’t like it, they must ignore the toolkit and observed that India is a democracy. They further called it a frivolous petition.

The Court further noted that a criminal investigation is already pending before the court and that some other relief should’ve been sought. It cannot issue directions under Article 32. The Bench suggested the petitioners to withdraw the plea and to get alternate reliefs. The petitioners agreed to withdraw the petition in order to avail alternate relief.

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