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NOTA voting option can't be permitted in Rajya Sabha polls: Supreme Court

The apex court had questioned the poll panel's notification and said that NOTA was meant to be exercised by individual voters in direct polls

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Supreme Court of India
Supreme Court of India

The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the option of none of the above (NOTA) cannot be permitted in elections.

A bench of Chief Justice and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud has set aside the Election Commission's notification allowing option in the ballot papers for polls.

The apex court had questioned the poll panel's notification and said that was meant to be exercised by individual voters in direct polls.

The verdict came on a plea of Shailesh Manubhai Parmar, who was the Congress's chief whip in the Gujarat assembly during the last polls, in which the party had fielded sitting MP Ahmed Patel.

Parmar had challenged the poll panel's notification allowing the option in ballot papers.

The top court had earlier said by introducing NOTA, the poll panel was legitimising the act of not

The Gujarat Congress leader had alleged that if the NOTA provision was allowed in the Rajya Sabha polls, it would encourage "horse-trading and corruption".

The poll panel had said NOTA was first introduced in 2014 following an apex court verdict a year earlier and they (the Congress) did not have any objection in subsequent polls as it suited them.

First Published: Tue, August 21 2018. 11:45 IST
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