The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday upheld Rajya Sabha election of union minister, Birender Singh and media baron Subhash Chandra from Haryana.
The high court bench of justice PB Bajanthri dismissed the plea of Supreme Court advocate RK Anand, who was backed by the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the Congress and had lost the polls. He had challenged the election alleging “forgery and fabrication” during voting and sought quashing of the election of Chandra and as well as Birender Singh, held on June 12, 2016. Detailed judgment is awaited.
Anand had argued that the decision of the returning officer (RO) to declare some votes null and void was wrong. He had also made allegations against the RO of “conniving” with the winning candidates.
Birender Singh had got 40 votes in the 90-member House. As 14 votes were declared invalid by the RO due to change of pen and other reasons, he needed only 26 votes to win. His 14 votes got transferred to Subhash Chandra, who had secured only 15 votes, taking his total votes to 29. On the other hand, Anand secured 21 votes.