SC junks plea of sacked BSF jawan who wanted to contest against PM Modi

The apex court had last week reserved order on Bahadur's plea challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict dismissing his election petition

The Supreme Court Tuesday dismissed ex-BSF personnel Tej Bahadur’s plea challenging the Election Commission’s decision to reject his nomination papers in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Bahadur, who was dismissed from service, wanted to contest on a Samajwadi party ticket against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi. The Allahabad High Court had previously dismissed his plea seeking reversal of the poll panel’s decision.

Last week, the apex court rejected his counsel’s request to adjourn the hearing and reserved its order.

“Why should we grant you liberty for adjournment. You are abusing the process of law. You argue,” a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde told Bahadur’s counsel.

The counsel argued that Bahadur had earlier filed his nomination as an independent candidate and later as a candidate of the Samajwadi Party.

The Returning Officer on May 1 last year had rejected the nomination papers of Bahadur, a Samajwadi Party candidate, who was dismissed from BSF in 2017 after he posted a video online complaining about the quality of food served to the troops.

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