The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the plea of former BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav challenging the Election Commission’s decision to reject his nomination papers from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, “we do not find any grounds to entertain the plea of Yadav”.
The apex court on Wednesday had asked the poll body to “examine the plea again and revert.”
Tej Bahadur wanted to contest from Varanasi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was given ticket by from the Opposition alliance in Uttar Pradesh, comprising of the Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD).
Varanasi Assistant RO Rajesh Kumar said, “He has not taken permission from ECI regarding contesting polls, which needs to be taken in case a government official who has been removed or suspended wants to contest polls.” Following this, Yadav moved the Supreme Court.
Tej Bahadur was sacked from BSF after he had complained about poor quality food in a video that had gone viral online.
After his nomination was rejected by the poll panel, 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.