Sat. Mar 2nd, 2024


New Delhi-“We will not allow democracy to be murdered like this, ” the Supreme Court on Monday informed the returning officer appointed for mayoral polls of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (CMC).

Hearing a plea filed by INDIA bloc’s mayoral candidate Kuldeep Kumar – who had accused the Presiding Officer of resorting to fraud and forgery within the counting course of, a bench presided over by CJI DY Chandrachud, in robust phrases, noticed: “Please tell your returning officer that there is a Supreme Court watching over him.”

After perusal of the CCTV footage given within the pendrive by senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor, the bench, additionally comprising Justices J.B. Pardiwala and Manoj Misra, mentioned: “This is a mockery of democracy. He is murdering democracy. Is this the behaviour of a returning officer, who looks at the camera and defaces the ballot?”

“It is obvious that he defaced the ballots. This man has to be prosecuted, ” noticed the bench.

AAP and Congress’s joint candidate Kuldeep Kumar has petitioned the highest courtroom after the Punjab and Haryana High Court refused to remain the election outcomes held on January 30 for the publish of Mayor.

In his petition earlier than the excessive courtroom, he alleged full departure of the apply and guidelines saying that the presiding officer refused to permit the nominees of events to watch the counting of votes. He prayed for contemporary elections in a free and honest method below the supervision of a retired High Court decide.

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