New Delhi: The Supreme Court has dismissed Samajwadi Party candidate Tej Bahadur Yadav‘s plea against the rejection of his nomination from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency. (Catch Complete Coverage of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Here)
While rejecting the plea, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said there was no basis for it. The Supreme Court had asked the Election Commission (EC) to respond to the cancellation of Yadav’s nomination from Varanasi within a day.
The poll panel had rejected the nomination of Yadav, an SP-BSP-RLD candidate, over “discrepancies” in the application.
The former BSF constable had moved the top court challenging the rejection of his nomination papers by the EC to contest Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency.
In his plea, Yadav had alleged that his nomination papers were cancelled at the behest of the BJP-led government at the Centre. He had claimed that he had given a detailed reply to the EC on the alleged discrepancies.
“My nomination has been rejected wrongly. I was asked to produce the evidence at 6.15 pm on Tuesday. We produced the evidence, still my nomination was rejected. We will go to the Supreme Court. We have been told that we did not produce the evidence that was asked from us before 11 am. Whereas, we had produced the evidence,” he had said.
Yadav had shot into limelight after posting four videos on social media complaining about the poor quality of food given to soldiers at his camp along the Indo-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir. The BSF had refuted his allegations and Yadav was dismissed from the service after an inquiry.