Tuesday, November 15, 2011

SC upholds Maharashtra CM’s election

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the election of Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan for the state Legislative Council which he won unopposed as the opposition parties did not field any candidates against him.
Abench of justices R M Lodha and H L Gokhale dismissed the plea of Shiv Sena MLC Anil Dattatray Parab who had challenged the Election Commission’s decision to hold the election. He had pleaded that the Commission cannot hold the poll as the election of Congress MLC Sanjay Dutt, who had vacated his seat for Chavan, was pending in the Bombay High Court. He had approached the apex court challenging the High Court’s order giving a green signal to hold the election.
The apex court had on April 26 refused to stay the election on May 4. Chavan, who replaced Ashok Chavan as the Chief Minister on November 11 last, was required constitutionally to get elected . Parab, in his special leave petition, submitted the high court order had failed to take into consideration a Supreme Court judgement in Telangana Rashtriya Samithi case that a casual vacancy could not be filled when election petitions were pending in the court.

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