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SC rejects Congress’

New Delhi, Oct 12 (IANS) | Publish Date: 10/12/2018 11:56:45 AM IST

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed Congress leader Kamal Nath’s plea for soft copies of the draft electoral rolls in text mode format for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections in November to avoid foul play.

A bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan rejected the plea even as the petitioner contended that there were over 50 lakh duplicate voters in the voters list. The court also declined a similar plea by Rajasthann Congress Committee chief Sachin Pilot. 

Holding that it finds force in the Election Commission argument that a clause in its manual talks about draft electoral rolls in text mode, Justice Sikri said in the judgment: “The clause nowhere says that the draft electoral roll has to be put up on the Chief Electoral Officer’s website in a ‘searchable PDF’.”

“Therefore, the petitioner cannot claim, as a right, that the draft electoral roll should be placed on the website in a ‘searchable mode’. It has only to be in ‘text mode’ and it is so provided,” the judgment said.

 

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