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SC seeks EC response on plea against separate bypolls for Gujarat RS seats

The Rajya Sabha seats fell vacant following the election of BJP chief Amit Shah and Union minister Smriti Irani to the Lok Sabha from Gandhinagar and Amethi, respectively

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The on Wednesday sought a response from the by June 24 on a plea of the Congress, challenging the poll panel's decision to hold separate bypolls to two seats in the state.

A vacation bench of justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant listed the matter for hearing on June 25, saying the issue required to be heard.

The bench said, "It is not an issue which can be taken up through an election petition and therefore, requires to be heard."

Senior advocate Vivek Tankha, appearing for the Congress, said there were judgments of the which were in their favour.

To this, the bench said, "We are not saying anything for now. We need to decide whether it is a casual vacancy or a statutory vacancy. This matter requires hearing."


The seats fell vacant following the election of BJP chief and Union minister to the Lok Sabha from Gandhinagar and Amethi, respectively.

First Published: Wed, June 19 2019. 11:45 IST
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