New Delhi: The Supreme Court today (28 July 2017) granted a stay on the decision by Election Commission of India to declare null and void the election of Madhya Pradesh Minister for Water Resources, Public Relations and Legislative Affairs, Narottam Mishra.
Responding to an appeal by Mishra, the Supreme Court has asked the Delhi High Court to hear the matter and take a decision within two weeks. The Supreme Court has said that the matter involves questions relating to the interpretation of the provisions of the Representation of the People Act.
Apex Court bench said: “We also deem it appropriate, in the circumstances, to keep the operation of the order of the Election Commission dated June 23, 2017, referred to supra, in abeyance”.
The Delhi HIgh Court on 16 July had refused to grant interim relief to Mishra, who wanted that his right to vote in Presidential election on 17 July should be protected while his case was being heard in the High Court on orders of the Supreme Court.
On 23 June, the Election Commission of India had set aside Mishra’s election and debarred him from contesting elections for 3 years.