Semifinal 18: Top highlights from Supreme Court's rejection of Kamal Nath, Sachin Pilot's pleas on voters' list

First Published 12, Oct 2018, 1:53 PM IST
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Highlights

Polls in Madhya Pradesh will be held on November 28 and in Rajasthan December 7

New Delhi: Siding with the Election Commission (EC), the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed two separate petitions of senior Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Sachin Pilot seeking verification of VVPAT machines and the voters' lists in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan in text format.

Here are the top highlights:

1. On October 8, a bench comprising of justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan concluded the hearing.

2. The pleas of Nath and Pilot alleged duplication of names in the voters' list.

3. The pleas said that the voters’ list should be published in a "text format as per rules", instead of the PDF file. Moreover, decisions on all the complains should be taken at the earliest, before the publication.

4. However, the Commission stated that voter lists were corrected in July itself.

5. “Despite the voter list being corrected, Congress continues to peddle mistakes in earlier lists and attempts to discredit a statutory organisation which has earned impeccable reputation for conducting free and fair elections. This is nothing but using forged documents to scandalise the EC,” Vikas Singh, the EC counsel, told the bench during the hearing, as reported by Times of India.

6. Polls in Madhya Pradesh will be held on November 28 and in Rajasthan December 7.

7. According to a survey, there were over 60 lakh and 41 lakh fake voters in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan respectively. 

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