Supreme Court declares AAP's Kuldeep Kumar winner of Chandigarh Mayor poll

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February 20,2024 06:20 PM
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In a major development, the Supreme Court on Tuesday declared Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Councilor Kuldeep Kumar the winner of the controversial Chandigarh Mayoral polls.

New Delhi [India], February 20 (HBTV): In a major development, the Supreme Court on Tuesday declared Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Councilor Kuldeep Kumar the winner of the controversial Chandigarh Mayoral polls. 



A bench of Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra quashed the decision of Returning Officer Anil Masih who allegedly declared BJP candidate Manoj Kumar Sonkar the Chandigarh Mayor on January 30. 



The order of the apex court came as it found that the returning officer had deliberately defaced eight ballots that were cast in favor of Kuldeep Kumar so as to make them invalid. 



The apex court today physically examined the ballot papers and found that they are not defaced. It directed that Kuldeep Kumar be declared the mayor with 20 votes (12 votes which he received and eight which were for him and were defaced by Masih). 



"The eight votes which were treated as invalid by making those markings... counting the eight votes for the petitioner (AAP candidate Kumar) will make him have 20 votes. We direct that the election result by the returning officer is quashed. The petitioner is declared to be the winner of the Chandigarh mayoral polls," the bench said in its order. 



The apex court further directed the Registrar Judicial to issue a notice to Anil Masih for perjury proceedings under Section 340 CrPC for making a false statement before the court. 



The bench slammed Masih saying he had "unlawfully altered the course of the mayoral election". 



During the hearing the Supreme Court of India noted that eight ballots were cast in favor of the AAP Mayor candidate.



(ANI) This is a syndicated news feed. It has been edited for clarity.