SC agrees to hear plea seeking derecognition of SP

New Delhi: The apex court has agreed to hear a petition seeking cancellation of Samajwadi Party (SP) recognition alleging non-reporting of Pratyashi's criminal record. The PIL has been filed by advocate Ashwini Upadhyay. Petitioner advocate Ashwini Upadhyay has sought an early hearing on the petition from a bench headed by Chief Justice (CJI) NV Ramana, which has been accepted by the Supreme Court.

Upadhyay had said in his petition that the nomination process for assembly elections in UP has begun. In such a situation, the petition needs to be heard immediately to prevent criminal persons. The petitioner named Nahid Hasan, the SP candidate who was jailed in the Gangster Act. He said the SP declared Nahid Hasan, who has a criminal record, as its candidate. Not only that, as per the election commission's order, Nahid was not even reported on his website, social media, print and TV media. It is a contempt of the Order of the Commission and the Supreme Court. In such a situation, registration of all parties including the Samajwadi Party which do not disclose the criminal history of their candidates should be cancelled.

Upadhyay said in his petition that the SP has given a ticket to Nahid Hasan from Kairana in the UP assembly elections. He alleged that Hasan is a gangster but the SP has not reported the criminal record of the candidate in newspapers, electronic and social media. Not only that, he did not even give the reason for his selection. The petitioner says that not providing information regarding criminal records of candidates is against the Supreme Court order of February 2020. After the controversy, the SP has replaced Nahid Hasan from Kairana and fielded sister Iqra.

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