Gujarat bypolls: SC refuses to entertain Congress’ plea

Gujarat bypolls: SC refuses to entertain Congress’ plea

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New Delhi, Jun 25: In a setback to the Congress, the Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to interfere and entertain its petition seeking immediate intervention and a direction on separate bypolls for Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat.

"At this stage, we are not inclined to pass any order. We cannot entertain the petition," a vacation bench, headed by Justice Sanjiv, said after hearing the petition filed by Gujarat Congress leader Pareshbhai Dhanani. While refusing to entertain the petition, the court said that once the Election Commission of India's notification gets issued, it can't intervene in the petition.

It, however, told Dhanani that if he wanted to pursue and seek relief, then he can certainly do so by approaching the High Court.

"The only remedy available is election petition before the High Court," the apex court said and refused to entertain the petition filed by Dhanani. The Congress leader, in his petition, claimed that the election should be held simultaneously. The ECI's notification should be set aside and a direction in this regard be made to conduct the election at one go. (UNI)