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SC to give verdict on Tuesday on plea challenging PM Modi’s election

The petition was filed by a former BSF trooper

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The Supreme Court will give its verdict on a plea challenging the election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi in the 2019 Lok Sabha election on Tuesday. 

A top court bench of Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and Justices A.S. Bopanna and V, Ramasubramanian will pronounce the judgement on the petition filed by Tej Bahadur, a former trooper of the Border Security Force.

The court had reserved its order on November 18 after denying the petitioner’s request for further adjournment of the case.

"This is too important a matter to be adjourned so many times. The respondent occupies a unique office. He is the PM of India,” court had said.

According to reports, Bahadur’s counsel had sought repeated adjournment as couldn’t respond to a specific question by the court.

Bahadur had filed nomination from Varanasi constituency as a Samajwadi Party candidate in the 2019 Lok Sbaha polls. However, his nomination was rejected. Bahadur alleged that the returning officer rejected his papers under pressure from the BJP and filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court.

The Allahabad High Court had earlier dismissed Bahadur’s petition against the election of Modi, prompting the petitioner to move the apex court.

Bahadoor had hit headlines in 2017 after he shot a video complaining about the quality of food served to soldiers and published it on social media. He was later sacked from service.

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