The Supreme Court has dismissed the plea of Tej Bahadur who had moved the court against EC’s decision to reject his nomination.
The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the plea of sacked Border Security Force (BSF) jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav challenging the Election Commission’s decision to reject his nomination from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency.
Tej Bahadur had filed his nomination from Varanasi, which is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency, as a candidate of the Samajwadi Party.
Rejecting the plea, the Supreme Court said it cannot interfere in poll panel’s decisions beyond a point.
“We did not find merit in the plea. Beyond a point, we cannot interfere with the Election Commission’s decision,” Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said.
Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, appearing for Tej Bahadur, said his client was being harassed for complaining about food when he was in BSF.
“There is more to it than meets the eye… my client is being harassed for complaining about the food. They are angry and revengeful as he has exposed something,” Bhushan alleged.
Earlier on Wednesday, the court had asked the poll panel to examine Tej Bahadur’s appeal and revert in a day.
Tej Bahadur was sacked from the paramilitary Border Security Force after he had complained about poor quality food in a video that had gone viral.
After his nomination was rejected by the EC, Tej Bahadur had alleged a conspiracy to keep him out of the contest in Varanasi to ensure PM Modi’s easy win.
In his plea, the former BSF trooper argued that the Returning Officer of Varanasi had “completely failed” to appreciate the fact that he had produced his dismissal letter along with his nomination papers.