SC refuses to hear petition asking prosecution of voters indulging in electoral malpractices

A bench headed by chief justice Ranjan Gogoi told the petitioner to approach High Court, regarding the petition seeking direction to the Election Commission of India to prosecute the voters indulging in the electoral malpractices during the Lok Sabha elections.

Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the petition seeking Election Commission’s direction to punishing the voters indulging in electoral malpractices, ordered the petitioner to approach the High Court with the plea. The petition was filed by Karnataka based society Lancha Mukhta Karnataka Nirmana Vedike.

In the plea, the petitioner has sought the election commission’s direction stating that a voter indulging in demanding for receiving money in exchange of his/her vote should be considered as a violation to the exercising of the free and fair elections.

The petitioner stated in the plea that refusal to punish the voters for cash-for-vote by the election commission of India will violate the rules and regulations under the representation of people act.

The petition also claimed that the conduction of elections by election commission will stand not fully fair if the voters are kept out of the prosecution for voter induced frauds. The petition stated that the parliament of India has empowered the Election Commission through the enactment of the Representation of People Act and the rules and regulations under the act.” The petition asked the EC to send out voluminous directives with a claim of securing free and fair elections.

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