NOTA for Rajya Sabha elections: Why should a Constitutional court support an unconstitutional act
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NOTA for Rajya Sabha elections: Why should a Constitutional court support an unconstitutional act

Murali Krishnan

The Supreme Court today made oral observations in favour of abolishing the NOTA option for voting in Rajya Sabha elections.

A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud was hearing a petition filed by Shailesh Manubhai Parmar seeking removal of NOTA option in voting to Rajya Sabha.

The Central government represented by Attorney General KK Venugopal supported the stance of the petitioner while the Election Commission of India opposed the same.

“Why should a Constitutional court be party to an unconstitutional act”, CJI Dipak Misra asked the Election Commission.

“If a person does not vote, he could be expelled by the party. But by introducing NOTA, you are legitimizing the act of not voting”, remarked Justice Chandrachud.

The Court after hearing the parties proceeded to reserve its verdict.

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