SC on MP polls: Election Commission must retain credibility of Seshan’s days

Supreme Court said the credibility the Election Commission acquired when it was headed by TN Seshan should be seen in the organisation’s conduct during the upcoming Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections

NH Photo by Pramod Pushkarna
NH Photo by Pramod Pushkarna
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The Supreme Court on Thursday, September 27, said the credibility the Election Commission acquired when it was headed by TN Seshan should be seen in the conduct of the upcoming Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections.

"We want it (credibility) to remain here also (in providing the voters list)," a bench of Justice AK Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan said while deciding to hold a hearing on the plea seeking voters list to weed out bogus voters.

Madhya Pradesh-based Jaya Thakur has moved the top court seeking directions to the Election Commission.

Pointing to the acts of omission and inaction on the part of the Centre, the Election Commission and the State Election Commission in Madhya Pradesh, the petitioner contended that it would impede a free, fair and unbiased election set for later this year.

The court on Thursday, September 28, asked the Election Commission to dwell on what it meant by the text mode voters list backed with documents and authorities.

Directing the listing of the matter on October 4, the court said that the credibility the Election Commission acquired during Seshan's time should continue.

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