A challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election as MP last year from the Varanasi constituency in Uttar Pradesh has been dismissed by the Supreme Court.
A sacked Border Security Force (BSF) jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav, who wanted to contest against PM Modi but failed to after his documents were rejected, had petitioned the court.
A three-judge bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice AS Bopanna, and Justice V Ramasubramanian delivered the verdict.
The Allahabad High Court had earlier dismissed the dismissed BSF jawan’s petition against the Election Commission’s decision to reject his nomination papers.
He argued in the Supreme Court that he had filed his nomination as an independent candidate and later as a candidate of the Samajwadi Party from the Varanasi constituency. The election body rejected his nomination for “extraneous reasons”, he alleged.
Tej Bahadur was dismissed from the BSF in 2017 after he posted a video online complaining about the quality of food served to frontline troops posted in Jammu and Kashmir.