NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed petitions filed by senior Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Sachin Pilot, which they had requested the apex court to direct the Election Commission to provide voters’ list in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan in text format.
A bench of justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said “we have dismissed these petitions”. The bench had reserved its verdict after concluded the hearing of the pleas during which senior lawyers Kapil Sibal and Vikas Singh traded charges over conduct of the polls.
The elections in Madhya Pradesh will be held on November 28 and Rajasthan will vote for electing a new government on December 7. The leaders had alleged duplication of voters in the Commission’s list and sought a proper move to ensure free and fair elections.
Ahead of the Assembly polls in their states, Kamal Nath and Sachin Pilot had moved petitions in the top court, alleging that as per a survey, in Madhya Pradesh there were over 60 lakh fake voters and similarly, in Rajasthan, there were over 41 lakh duplicate voters.