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The Supreme Court today dismissed a public interest litigation praying for directions to increase voter turnout in the country by way of mandatory voting.
A Bench presided by CJI Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justice Deepak Gupta dismissed the petition filed in 2014 by one, Satya Prakash.
The petition had prayed for directions to ensure that maximum adult citizens exercise the right to cast their votes. The petitioner had pointed out that such mandatory voting is prevalent in certain other democracies.
A Bench headed by former CJI HL Dattu had issued notice in the matter on August 25, 2014.
Subsequently, Central government had filed its reponse saying that no direction can be issued to make voting mandatory, while also calling for judicial restraint in dealing with matters falling in the legislative domain.
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