Chief Election Commissioner issued notice to Jyotiraditya Scindia for hiding criminal cases

by amolwarankar

Gwalior: Former Minister of State Dr. Govind Singh has challenged the Rajya Sabha election of BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia by filing a petition in the Gwalior bench of the MP High Court. He alleges that Scindia has not disclosed criminal cases in the nomination for Rajya Sabha elections, so his election should be canceled. The High Court has issued notices to Rajya Sabha member Scindia, the country’s Chief Election Commissioner and the State Election Commissioner seeking answers within four weeks.

According to Dr. Govind Singh’s advocate Kuber Bodha, a case was registered against Jyotiraditya Scindia on September 27, 2018 at the Shyamla Hills area police station in Bhopal. Along with Scindia, a case was also registered against Kamal Nath and Digvijay Singh. There were allegations against them that the documents of the Professional Examination Board (Vyapam) scam have been tampered.

According to the election laws, if a criminal case is registered against a candidate, he has to mention it in his affidavit while filing nomination. The election may be annulled if it is not mentioned.

Bodha argued that Scindia was aware of the case being registered against him. Despite this, he hid the information of this case in the Rajya Sabha nomination paper, so his election should be canceled. After hearing the plea of the petitioner, the court has issued notice to the Chief Election Commissioner, Chief State Election Commissioner besides Scindia and sought reply within four weeks.

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