HC rejects plea challenging Kalyan Singh's election
The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition challenging the election of senior BJP leader Kalyan Singh in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections.
Justice Rakesh Tiwari dismissed the election petition of S M Arif, whose nomination papers as a candidate of Indian National Lok Dal were rejected by the Returning Officer prior to the polls, holding that he had no locus standi to challenge the elections Singh was elected from Bulandshahar constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
The court also rejected Arif's contention that his nomination was rejected "improperly", observing that "no mala fide has been established against the returning officer and the petitioner's nomination papers were not improperly rejected nor rejection of the papers materially affected election results for the reason that they were not found in accordance with law".
The court also stressed that an election petition could be maintainable only if it was filed by "a duly nominated candidate" and not someone who was "only a contestant".