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FIR against Modi: SC rejects plea
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, July 18
The Supreme Court today rejected a petition by theatre personality Aleque Padamsee for registering an FIR against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly making inflammatory speeches during the last Assembly election.

Padamsee, however, was given a liberty to approach the court of a magistrate concerned in Ahmedabad to register a complaint if he so wished. He also had accused VHP leader Ashok Singhal of making inflammatory speeches in the post-Godhra riots scenario, which, he claimed, to have created tension in society.

He had sought the registration of a case against Modi and Singhal under Section 295-A of the IPC for allegedly outraging the religious feelings of a section of society lead to communal tension.

The court said for the prosecution of the Chief Minister a prior sanction from the Governor was required and the petitioner could make such an appropriate application to the authorities concerned, it he so desired.

Padamsee, who is based in Mumbai, had claimed that he had sent a complaint to the DGP, Maharashtra, for lodging an FIR, which he had forwarded to his counterpart in Gujarat, but no action was taken.

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