In a plea moved by a businessman Mr Prakash Bajaj, on Friday the Allahabad High Court issued notice to 10 newly-elected Rajya Sabha members.
Notice was issued on Bajaj’s plea claiming that the Returning Officer had, by citing fault in the affidavit filed by him, had wrongly rejected his nomination.
Before the Court, Mr Bajaj submitted that elections for the Raj Sabha were held on 02.11.2020 in which he was a candidate, but the Returning Officer rejected his papers by order dated 28.10.2020.
He further submitted that nomination papers for Respondent Nos.1 to 10 were illegally accepted even though the papers had a similar error, but his affidavit was refused.
As per the petitioner, since his nomination was rejected, fresh elections should be conducted.
Learned counsel for the petitioner also stated that the petitioner’s case was pressed on grounds mentioned in Section 100(1)(c) and d.1 of Representation of People Act.
Background of the case:-
Ten ministers including Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri were elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from UP on 02.11.2020. One of the ministers was from SP, one from BSP while the remaining belonged to BJP.
Earlier, Mr Bajaj had moved the Supreme Court challenging the rejection of his nomination.
However, the Supreme Court had directed Mr Bajaj to approach the Allahabad High Court.
Title: Prakash Bajaj vs Shri Arun Singh & Ors.
Case No.: Election Petition No. 01 of 2020