Supreme Court reserves verdict on fake voters plea

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | J. VENKATESAN
Published Oct 9, 2018, 1:30 am IST
Updated Oct 9, 2018, 1:30 am IST
The EC further said that the political party to which they stand affiliated couldn’t approach the Supreme Court time.
Supreme Court of India
 Supreme Court of India

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday reserved its verdict on petitions filed by Congress leaders Kamalmath and Sachin Pilot alleging large scale bogus or fake votes in the voters list for the two States going to Assembly polls in November/December.

A Bench of Justices A.K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan reserved verdict at the conclusion of arguments from Kapil Sibal and Vivek Tanka for the petitioners even as Election Commission rejected the allegations as fabricated and false.  

 

The EC said that the Writ Petitions filed by the two leaders ought to be dismissed as the same is an abuse of the process of law, besides being misconceived and malafide, as the Petitioners are seeking to instruct/direct the Election Commission of India, which is a Constitutional Authority, to conduct elections according to their personal whims and fancies and that of the political party to which they stand affiliated.

Opposing a petition, senior counsel Vikas Singh asserted that EC is a Constitutional body that has to function in accordance with the rules and laws and not in tandem with the “instructions” of a political party. It is not within the jurisdiction or domain of the petitioner and/or his party/organization to question the measures taken by the Election Commission with regard to the conduct of elections or preparation of voters’ lists.

The EC further said that the political party to which they stand affiliated couldn’t approach the Supreme Court time and again so as to re-agitate the same issue and interfere in the functioning of a Constitutional authority such as the EC.

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