The plea of former BSF constable and Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate Tej Bahadur Yadav challenging the rejection of his nomination from Varanasi parliamentary constituency has been dismissed by the Supreme Court.
“We don’t find any merit to entertain this petition,” said a bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Rajan Gogoi.
Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for Yadav, said, as per earlier verdict of the apex court, the election petition can be filed during enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct.
Senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for the Election Commission, also referred to various apex court judgments and said election petitions can only be filed after polls are over as it would vitiate the electoral process.
The Supreme Court had earlier wanted the Election Commsiion to explain why his candidature was rejected from Varanasi constituency. He was likely to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the on- going Lok Sabha elections 2019