Saying it cannot interfere with the election process, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday dismissed a bunch on petitions filed by candidates for the October 15 state Assembly polls whose nominations were rejected by the returning officers (RO) of their constituencies. “Election process has started and the court should not interfere with it,” a bench of Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode said.
HC was acting on a bunch of petitions filed by nearly 10 candidates. Among the petitioners were Shiv Sena candidate from Versova Rajul Patel, NCP’s Kuldeep Pednekar from Byculla and BJP’s Shivnaresh Tiwari from Chandivali.
A petitioner argued that the ROs had not informed the candidate about the form of oath and rejected nomination. “Candidates are not always educated. You (RO) have to tell them if something is missing,” argued the lawyer.
Government pleader Dhairyasheel Nalawade argued that the RO had called out the candidate but the latter did not respond.