Individual cannot claim right to contest elections: Supreme Court dismisses plea with ₹1 lakh cost on litigant

The top court reiterated that the right to contest an election was neither a fundamental right nor a common law right, but a right conferred by statute.
Supreme Court, Election Commission
Supreme Court, Election Commission

An individual cannot claim right to contest elections, the Supreme Court observed last week, while dismissing a plea and also imposing ₹1 lakh cost on the litigant who sought to contest Rajya Saba polls without a proposer to propose his name [Vishwanath Pratap Singh vs Election Commission of India].

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