Plea against Modi for concealing information in 2012 Gujarat polls rejected

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The Supreme Court, on 16 October, rejected a plea demanding proceedings be initiated against PM Narendra Modi, for hiding information about his marital status, during the 2012 Gujarat Assembly elections.

Ahmadabad-based Nishant Verma had approached the Supreme Court after the Gujarat High Court refused to entertain his plea to proceed against Modi.

The complaint was filed in April 2014 when Modi mentioned the name of his wife, while filing his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha elections.

A bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar, finding no merit in the petition, asked the petitioner how could a man be punished for disclosing the name of his spouse at a later stage.

The petitioner alleged that, in 2012, Modi contested the Gujarat assembly elections from Maninagar constituency, and had left the space (where he had to mention his name of his wife’s name) blank. This was tantamount to hiding information, and hence, action should be taken against him, under the provisions of Representation of People (RP) Act, said Verma.

Soon after Modi filed is nomination in the 2014 general election, Verma had filed a criminal complaint in a magisterial court demanding an FIR be lodged against Modi and PK Jadeja, the election officer.

The court had dismissed the complaint, stating that though an offence had been committed, but cognizance can’t be taken, since the complaint was lodged after a delay of one year and four months. The petitioner then approached the Gujarat High Court which also refused to entertain his plea.

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