SC Dismissed Plea Seeking To Restrict Candidates Contesting From More Than One Seat

Delhi/Hyderabad, Feb 2 (Maxim News): The Supreme Court dismissed a plea that had sought to restrict a candidate from contesting the election for the same office from more than one constituency simultaneously, saying it is a matter of “Legislative Policy”.

The bench headed by Chief Justice D.Y Chandrachud comprising Justices PS Narasimha and J B Pardiwala hearing a petition filed by Advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, who had sought to declare section 33 (7) of the Representation of the People Act 1951, which allows a person to contest a general election or a group of by-polls or biennial elections from two constituencies as invalid and ultra vires to the Constitution, observed that candidates may contest elections from different seats due to a variety of reasons and it is Parliament’s will as to whether the course of democracy would be furthered by granting such a choice. “Candidates contesting from more than one seat may do it for a variety of reasons, the bench said. (Maxim News)


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