EC gets HC notice over rejection of candidature

Gujarat High court

Congress candidate for Visavadar constituency has challenged poll panel's decision.

The Gujarat High Court on Thursday issued notices to Election Commission authorities in connection with a petition moved by Congress candidate for Visavadar constituency Ratilal Mangroliya, challenging EC's decision to reject his candidature.

Mangroliya's lawyer B B Naik said the court has issued notices to different authorities of the EC and posted the matter for further hearing on Friday.

The EC had cancelled Mangroliya's nomination after he failed to provide the party's 'mandate' in time.

Congress leaders have said Mangroliya could not submit the mandate in time because some unknown person snatched away his mandate form while he was going to submit it.

The petition demands that since the delay was caused due to a law and order situation, he could not be held responsible for the same and so his nomination cannot be cancelled.

Caste certificates: PIL seeking new EC branch rejected

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court on Thursday dismissed a public interest litigation that demanded a direction to the Election Commission to constitute a branch to verify the caste certificates of candidates filing their nomination on reserved seats. The PIL was moved by Ambedkar Lokhit Jyot Seva Trust, a private organisation. The petitioner had contended that since there were 36 reserved seats in the Assembly, the mechanism should be set up to verify the authenticity of the caste certificates instead of accepting it immediately.

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