The Dharwad Bench of the Karnataka High Court has dismissed the FIR against BJP National President JP Nadda for allegedly luring voters. The FIR was filed during the assembly elections in Harpanahalli police station. Nadda had given a speech in an open meeting on May 7, 2023, and on May 11, the police filed an FIR against him. Nadda approached the High Court to quash the FIR.
The one-member bench heard the case and quashed the FIR, stating that Nadda’s speech did not violate any laws or the model code of conduct. In his speech, Nadda had mentioned that if the BJP loses in the assembly elections, certain government schemes would be discontinued. The election vigilance department officials complained, leading to the FIR being registered.
Nadda’s lawyer filed an application in the High Court to cancel the case, citing that his speech did not amount to any offense. The court agreed with this argument and stated that Nadda’s speech was within the bounds of the law and did not violate the model code of conduct.
With this verdict, Nadda has been relieved of the accusation of influencing voters during the assembly elections.