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AAP councillor files plea in SC against HC order declining a stay on Chandigarh mayor election

By LAWSTREET NEWS NETWORK      01 February, 2024 05:26 PM      0 Comments
AAP councillor files plea in SC against HC order declining a stay on Chandigarh mayor election

NEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi Party councillor Kuldeep Kumar has filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court, questioning the validity of the Punjab and Haryana High Court's order that refused to grant stay on election result in which a BJP candidate was declared as mayor of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation.

Dealing with Kumar’s petition alleging fraud in BJP’s win and forgery in rejection of the eight votes, the high court had on January 31 just issued notice and listed the matter for hearing after three weeks,

Notably, BJP’s Manoj Sonkar was elected as the mayor on Tuesday after he bagged 16 votes against the 12 votes received by the Congress-AAP candidate Kumar, triggering allegations of irregularities in the poll.

Eight votes were rejected in the process as invalid.

After the high court hearing, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann said the party will move the top court for an early hearing in the matter.

Kumar approached the Supreme Court on Thursday against the High Court's order.

In his plea before the High Court, Kumar sought a direction for fresh election in a free and fair manner under the supervision of a retired high court judge.

His plea claimed that in complete departure of the practice and rules, the presiding officer refused to allow the nominees of parties to monitor the counting of votes.

 



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