25/06/2019 12:53 PM IST

Supreme Court Rejects Congress Plea Against Separate Bypolls For 2 Rajya Sabha Seats

Two Rajya Sabha seats fell vacant after Amit Shah and Smriti Irani got elected to the Lok Sabha.

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NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to entertain a plea by the Gujarat Congress challenging the Election Commission’s decision to hold separate bypolls to two Rajya Sabha seats in the state.

A vacation bench comprising Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice BR Gavai, however, granted liberty to the Gujarat Congress to file ‘election petition’ after conclusion of polls to the two Rajya Sabha seats vacated by Union Ministers Amit Shah and Smriti Irani.

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An election petition is a procedure to call into question the election results of parliamentary, Assembly or local elections.

The two Rajya Sabha seats fell vacant after Shah and Irani got elected to the Lok Sabha from Gujarat’s Gandhinagar and Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi, respectively.

The plea was filed by Congress MLA and Leader of Opposition in Gujarat Assembly Pareshbhai Dhanani.