The Delhi High Court today denied relief to two BJP candidates whose nominations for the upcoming MCD polls were rejected by the state election commission.
A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Anu Malhotra dismissed BJP candidate Ravinder Negi’s appeal against a single judge’s order upholding rejection of his nomination.
Another bench of Justice V K Rao denied any interim relief to Pinki Kumari, nominated by the party.
Negi was to contest ward 10E of Vinod Nagar in east Delhi and his nomination was rejected on April 5 for lack of signature on his form declaring his age, gender and whether he was set up by a recognised political party.
Pinki, who wanted to contest a seat reserved for Scheduled Castes, was unable to do so as her nomination was rejected on the ground that her caste does not fall in the list of Scheduled Castes (SC) given in the Constitution.
Pinki, who was to contest ward 67S of Lado Sarai area in south Delhi, had claimed she was issued a SC certificate by the Delhi government in 2009.
Justice Rao, however, said she was not entitled to any interim relief since the final list of candidates has already been issued.
In Negi’s case, the division bench said a nomination paper which is unsigned by the candidate or the person proposing him/her, “can be rejected” under the Delhi Municipal Corporation (Election of Councillor) Rules of 2012.
The nominations of six BJP candidates in the MCD polls were rejected during scrutiny, even as the party today accused the Kejriwal government of “pressurising” the returning officers for rejecting party candidates nominations on “trivial” grounds.