By Rajas Salpekar
The Apex Court has agreed to take up an appeal filed by ex-BSF jawan Teg Bahadur, who seeks to challenge the results of 2019 election of PM Modi from Varanasi constituency. The appeal had been filed by Teg Bahadur challenging the judgment of Allahabad High Court which dismissed his petition in February this year.
Teg Bahadur, who had been sacked from his BSF post after releasing a video about the poor quality of grains supplied to jawans, had filed a petition in Allahabad High Court in February 2020 challenging the Varanasi elections of 2019. He challenged the elections on the ground that his nomination papers were rejected by the returning officer. The counsel appearing on behalf of PM Modi then countered his argument by stating that Teg Bahadur had nolocus to challenge the elections as Section 81 of the Representation of People’s Act only allows either a viter of the constituency or by a candidate of the constituency however, Teg Bahadur had admitted that he was a registered voter of the Mahendragarh Parliamentary Constituency in Haryana and thus failed on both the grounds.
The High Court in December had thus dismissed his petition not only on procedural grounds but also on the substantive grounds as he had failed to deposit a certificate with the returning officer declaring his dismissal from the service was not on the grounds of corruption.
The case is now set to be heard by the Apex in front of a coram comprising of Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy through video-conferencing.