No NOTA in Rajya Sabha elections, rules Supreme Court
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud set aside Election Commission's notification allowing NOTA option in ballot papers for RS polls.
The court earlier said by introducing NOTA, the EC was legitimizing the act of not voting.
SC's verdict came on Gujarat Congress leader's plea
The apex court today has questioned the Election Commission's notification allowing NOTA for RS polls, saying that NOTA was meant to be exercised by individual voters in direct elections.
NOTA would encourage 'horse-trading and corruption', says Parmar
Parmar challenged the EC's notification allowing NOTA, alleging that if the provision was allowed in Rajya Sabha polls, it would encourage "horse-trading and corruption".
The poll panel had said the NOTA option was first introduced in 2014 following an apex court verdict a year earlier and they (the Congress) did not have any objection in subsequent polls as it suited them.
Supreme Court Judges
Supreme Court Of India
Chief Justice Dipak Misra
Justices AM Khanwilkar
MP Ahmed Patel
Shailesh Manubhai Parmar