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Chandigarh mayoral polls: AAP seeks urgent hearing in Supreme Court; CJI agrees to examine request


New Delhi, Feb 2: AAP councillor Kuldeep Kumar on Friday urged the Supreme Court to urgently take up his petition challenging a and High Court order refusing to stay the Chandigarh mayoral election results that declared BJP candidate Manoj Sonkar as the winner.

Senior counsel AM Singhvi mentioned Kumar's petition for urgent hearing before a Bench led by CJI DY Chandrachud, which asked him to send an email as required under the procedure and assured that he would look into it.

“Send an email…I will look at it at 1 pm,” the CJI told Singhvi.

The political fight between the AAP and the BJP over Chandigarh mayoral polls reached the Supreme Court on Thursday with AAP councillor Kuldeep Kumar challenging the high court's order refusing to stay the election results.

BJP candidate Manoj Sonkar had bagged 16 votes against the 12 received by the Congress-AAP candidate Kuldeep Kumar after eight votes were rejected.

A Division Bench of Justice Sudhir Singh and Justice Harsh Bunger of the Punjab and Haryana High Court had on Wednesday denied relief to AAP, which had demanded fresh polls under the supervision of a retired high court judge of the court, alleging tampering with ballot papers.

The high court had, however, issued a notice to the Chandigarh Administration and asked it to respond to Kumar's petition in three weeks.

Kumar alleged that in complete departure from the practice and rules, the presiding officer refused to allow nominees of parties to monitor the counting of votes.

Kumar urged the top court to set aside the election result, alleging it was “a result of complete fraud and forgery laid upon the democratic process”.

“This is not a case of election dispute, but a case of abuse of public office, which destroys the very essence of faith reposed in the officer and is a constitutional wrong and breach of the doctrine of public trust. The case was so egregious that the High Court ought to have passed interim orders,” Kumar submitted.

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