On January 23, 2023, the Supreme Court bench dismissed a plea seeking direction regarding the registration of a case against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The petition was filed by Naval Kishor Sharma of Mau district for using objectionable speech during an election campaign in Rajasthan’s Alwar. The case was presented before a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justices Vikram Nath and B.R. Gavai. The bench stated that “Such litigations are only for page 1 [of newspaper]. Dismissed.”Supreme Court recently has been quite vocal about litigations filed for publicity.
The petitioner urged that on November 23, 2018, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath hurt his religious sentiments while delivering an election speech in Alwar. In this context, the petitioner filed a complaint against him in the district court of Mau which was further rejected. He also filed a revision petition which too was dismissed based on territorial jurisdiction. The petitioner then approached the Allahabad High Court where the plea was dismissed. Not only this, but the Allahabad HC also imposed a fine of Rs. 5,000 on him. Feeling dissatisfied with the decision of the HC, the petitioner moved the Apex Court against the High Court’s decision.