GCCI moves HC against EC’s power to appoint surveillance teams

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The Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) today moved a PIL in the high court challenging the Election Commission’s power to appoint surveillance teams, stating that they infringed upon a citizen’s fundamental rights. In the petition, the GCCI said the EC’s power to appoint static/flying surveillance teams, which in turn is entitled to search… Read more »

SC to hear plea by Congress party on Gujarat polls

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The Supreme Court today agreed to hear this month end a plea by the Congress party seeking directions to the Election Commission of India (ECI) to frame guidelines for counting of votes through VVPAT machines in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly poll and other elections. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M… Read more »

SC seeks govt’s reply on plea for common electoral rolls

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The Supreme Court today sought a response from the government on a plea seeking a direction to the Centre and the Election Commission for common electoral rolls for Parliament, assembly and local body polls to save public money and manpower. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y… Read more »

Transparency in polls: SC seeks response of Centre, EC

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A plea seeking transparency in the poll process by making it mandatory for candidates to furnish information relating to any criminal offence today prompted the Supreme Court to seek responses from the Centre and the Election Commission. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra issued notices to the Ministry of Law and Justice and… Read more »

Symbol case: Accused seeks bail, court to pass order on June 9

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An alleged middleman, arrested in the Election Commission bribery case, today sought bail in a special court here on the ground of parity with AIADMK (Amma) faction leader T T V Dhinakaran. The police, however, opposed the bail plea of Sukesh Chandrashekar, saying he was involved in 21 cases, majority of which are related to… Read more »

Symbol case: Court seeks police reply on bail plea of accused

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A Special court today sought a response from Delhi Police on the bail application of an alleged middleman arrested in the Election Commission bribery case involving AIADMK (Amma) faction leader T T V Dhinakaran. Special Judge Poonam Chaudhry issued a notice to Delhi Police’s Crime Branch on the plea and posted the matter for arguments… Read more »

Plea in HC accuses EC of “dereliction of duty”

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A poll activist has moved the Madras High Court accusing the Election Commission of committing “dereliction of duty” in not lodging complaint against bribe- taking voters and has sought remedial action over the matter. Acting on the plea by activist Arun Natarajan, a bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar issued notice… Read more »

SC seeks EC’s response on plea alleging tampering with EVMs

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The Supreme Court today sought a response from the Election Commission on a PIL seeking investigation by software experts into allegations that Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) were tampered with in the recent Assembly polls. A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul issued notice to the… Read more »

EC favours barring convicts from contesting polls for lifetime

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The Election Commission of India (ECI) today told the Supreme Court that it was in favour of barring convicted persons from contesting polls for life and stopping their entry into judiciary and the executive. The commission also said it was in favour of setting up special courts to decide criminal cases related to people’s representatives,… Read more »