HC issues notice to PM Narendra Modi on petition challenging his election from Varanasi

Congress MLA Ajay Rai filed a petition challenging Narendra Modi's election from Varanasi. HC fixes Sep 5th for next hearing.

Allahabad | Published:July 18, 2014 5:06 pm
"Balanced, measured, and thoughtful: a terrific first budget for the Modi government.(PTI) Congress MLA Ajay Rai filed a petition challenging Narendra Modi’s election from Varanasi. (Source: PTI)

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday issued notice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a petition challenging his election from the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh.

Justice V K Shukla, while passing the order on the election petition of Congress MLA Ajay Rai, who had contested as the party’s candidate from Varanasi, fixed September 5 as the next date of hearing in the matter.

Rai has alleged in his affidavit that Modi had left blank columns relating to his wife Yashoda Ben’s PAN card details and her income, which violated Supreme Court’s directions.

Rai has also alleged that though the Election Commission had laid down that a candidate in a Lok Sabha poll must not spend more than Rs 70 lakh during electioneering, and crores were spent during Modi’s campaign.

He has also alleged that T-shirts and caps bearing Modi’s name and image were distributed among the people on a large scale which was in violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

Rai, who is an MLA from Pindra assembly segment of Varanasi district, had finished third in the Lok Sabha election wherein he also ended up losing his deposit.

Modi, contesting his first election outside Gujarat, registered a stunning victory by defeating his nearest rival Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party by a massive margin of nearly 3.71 lakh votes.

After assuming Prime Ministership, Modi had resigned from the Vadodara seat from where he had won by a record margin of 5.70 lakh votes, retaining Varanasi.

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    S.Gonesh
    Jul 18, 2014 at 1:14 pm
    The anti-Hindu Congress has lost badly the election and still theCongress people are creating problems. Nothing was wrong whatSri Modi Ji have done. The election commission could have takensteps at the same time, but they didn´t. What is wrong then?
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      ls
      Jul 18, 2014 at 4:31 pm
      we need to have judiciary to handle better cases than worry about things like this..
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        Girish
        Jul 18, 2014 at 1:23 pm
        disqualification for not filling all columns, if it happens, that would really be a challenge for modi because that would mean he will have nearly three months for a bye-election if the verdict comes in september. and if the court case drags beyond 6 months from the date of declaration of his victory, with the verdict disqualifying him, he will have to resign as PM, win a bye-election and then take oath as PM again, with or without dissolving the government.
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          Rangaesh Gadasalli
          Jul 18, 2014 at 5:52 pm
          cheap publicity stunt and desperate desire to make headlines.
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            Swamy
            Jul 18, 2014 at 1:33 pm
            Chidambaram completed five year term though his election in 2009 was challenged and the courts never concluded either way.Some how cases challenging elected candidates take longer and never decided except one case where Indira hi's election was challenged by Rajnarain long ago.
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              Shyamal Ganguly
              Jul 18, 2014 at 12:05 pm
              The games the JUDGES PLAY in India. This case should not haave been entertained and thrown out on its PRIMA FACIE values. Modi abandoned his wife 50 years ago. JUDGE do you know that? Why don't you exercise common sense.? I guess that is uncommon among judges - as they are used to free entertainment, watching lawyers fight with frivolity.
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                U N
                Jul 18, 2014 at 10:18 pm
                Baseless and ficious allegation. This is just wastage of time of the Court. The MLA who file the litigation should be fined if his allegations are found baseless.
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                  Citizen
                  Jul 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm
                  Yes at present Congi guys have more time on their hands but do the courts have much time for all and sundry complaints???? If the allegations are right he should also make the returning officer a party to this as he failed to scrutinize the application properly and reject/accept the same. If there is no clause/clauses in the application that any blank/blanks to any of the questions would make the application to be rejected then what is the purpose of this frivolous litigation.???? Court should impose exemplary punishment if the plaintiff fails to prove his allegations for wasting court's/national time. Jaihind
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