S Jaishankar, Supreme Court
S Jaishankar, Supreme Court
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S Jaishankar files caveat in Supreme Court apprehending challenge to his election as Rajya Sabha MP

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Union Minister for External Affairs S Jaishankar has filed a caveat in the Supreme Court in case his 2019 election to the Rajya Sabha is challenged before it.

The development comes a week after the Gujarat High Court dismissed an election petition filed by Dr. Chandrikaben Chudasma, a Congress leader who challenged Jaishankar's election to the Rajya Sabha from the Gujarat Legislative Assembly.

Dr. Chudasama had challenged the election of two BJP leaders - Jugalsinh Mathuji Lokhandwala and S Jaishankar - to the Rajya Sabha before the Gujarat High Court.

Lokhandwala and Jaishankar were elected to the Upper House after the seats previously held by Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani and Home Minister Amit Shah had fallen vacant upon the latter's victories in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

With a view to filling up the vacancies, the Election Commission of India (ECI) had issued notifications for holding separate by-polls for the two vacant Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat.

This move of the ECI was then challenged by Congress leader Paresh Dhanani before the Supreme Court. In June last year, the Court had dismissed the petition filed by Dhanani.

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