The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Friday issued notice to ten newly appointed Rajya Sabha MPs from Uttar Pradesh. The Court has fixed the next hearing in the case on January 25.
The single-judge bench of Justice Jaspreet Singh passed the order on a petition filed by Prakash Bajaj, a businessman from Benaras, whose nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha election was rejected. The Lucknow bench was ordered by the Chief Justice to hear the matter on Wednesday.
The petition challenged the election of 10 Rajya Sabha members, who were declared elected unopposed on November 2, stating that the nomination of the petitioner was wrongly rejected. The petitioner argued that he had himself filed nominations for these elections. But his nomination papers were rejected by the Returning Officer. The reason for cancellation of nomination papers was stated to be an error in the affidavit and form.
The petition stated that the nomination of the petitioner was arbitrarily rejected on the ground of wrongdoing. It was also argued that there were similar errors in the form of others but by adopting double standards, the Election Officer arbitrarily rejected only the nomination papers of the petitioner.
On this, the Court fixed the hearing on January 25, directing the issuance of notice to all the 10 members made in the petition.