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Delhi HC rejects plea seeking disqualification of PM Narendra Modi as Varanasi candidate

May 30, 2024 02:58 PM IST

The Delhi high court bench, headed by Justice Sachin Datta, termed the petition ‘mala fide’.

The Delhi high court today dismissed a plea seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from contesting elections from the Varanasi constituency.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jadavpur on Tuesday. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jadavpur on Tuesday. (ANI)

The Delhi high court bench, headed by Justice Sachin Datta, termed the petition ‘mala fide’.

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The petition against Narendra Modi was filed by Captain Deepak Kumar, a pilot, who alleged that the prime minister had submitted a false oath that he would bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India.

"The candidate for the Varanasi constituency for the 2024 general elections, Narender Modi had submitted before the returning officer a false oath or affirmation to bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India.”

“Modi and his accomplices are accused of screening the criminal conspiracy where the accused accomplices Candidate Modi attempted to destabilize national security by planning a fatal crash of Flight AI 459 of 08.07.2018,” the petition added.

During the hearing, the court observed that the petitioner made reckless and unsubstantiated allegations against the prime minister. The Delhi HC further said that the purpose of the petitioner was to make scandalous allegations without any basis.

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The court said that the petition was tainted with mala fide and oblique motives, reported LiveLaw.

Apart from PM Modi, the plea also sought the cancellation of candidature of union home minister Amit Shah and civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia.

“Narender Modi, Amit Shah, Jyotiraditya Scindia and their accomplices are a criminal element and will be detrimental for Indian Society at large,” Kumar said in his petition.

PM Narendra Modi is seeking his third term as a member of parliament from the constituency. He filed his nomination earlier this month.

In 2014 and 2019, PM Modi scored landslide victories in Varanasi.

The results for the Lok Sabha elections will be announced on June 4.

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