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HC refuses to stay assembly polls

“We (the court and the petitioner) are here to solve the issue. I cannot injunct the whole electoral process. Let them (CEO) declare this. This process has to go on,” Justice Vibhu Bakhru said while passing the order.

The court, which turned down the plea for stay of the notification till 13 January, however, agreed to issue notice to the CEO’s office seeking its reply on the interim application of petitioner Naresh Kumar. The notification is expected to be issued in a day or two. The court is already hearing a petition filed by Kumar in which he has alleged presence of a large number of bogus voters in various Assembly constituencies. Kumar, who had unsuccessfully contested on a Congress ticket from Mundka in the 2014 Delhi Assembly polls, said today that during the course of hearing, the Election Commission had admitted to glaring mistakes.

“Even in the revised electoral rolls published on January 5 there are still 10,000 to 20,000 bogus voters in Mundka constituency.”

Senior advocate Rakesh Tiku, appearing for Kumar, along with counsel O P Saxena, told the court that till date the poll panel has not managed to sort out “discrepancies” pointed out by the court and in the Rajender Nagar Assembly constituency it has been found that a photo of a leading film star is pasted against some voter’s name in the constituency.

“The present writ petition will become infructuous if the ECI notifies the election process,” the petitioners said. Refusing to grant any interim relief to Kumar, the court said that it has asked the poll panel to revise the electoral rolls and has even asked about the reason for such errors. The court also said the allegation that there are many people in the city who have multiple voter cards in their name but with different addresses needs to be rectified.

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