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December 11, 2017

Maharashtra minister’s election declared invalid: SC


Arjun Panditrao Khotkar

Staying the Bombay High Court judgment, the Supreme Court of India has declared the election of Maharashtra Minister Arjun Panditrao Khotkar as invalid.

Earlier, the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court had cancelled the election of Khotkar, after it found that the nomination papers were filed belatedly and the original affidavit was not filed along with the form.

During the hearing, the High Court bench observed that two nomination forms filed by Khotkar are invalid as they were filed beyond 3 pm.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who was appearing for the Election petitioner Kailash Kishanrao Gorantyal, said that since there is enough evidence on record to come to a definite conclusion that the nomination papers were not submitted within time, the judgment ought not to be interfered with.

After hearing the arguments from both sides, the court said, “After bestowing our anxious consideration on the submissions canvassed and upon careful scrutiny of the impugned judgment, we are of the considered opinion, it is a fit case where the impugned judgment and order should be stayed and, accordingly, it is so ordered.”

Supreme Court has listed the matter for final hearing in the first week of March, 2018.

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