Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Friday upheld the
election of Congress MP Priya Dutt from Mumbai North-Central
constituency in 2009.
Justice S C Dharmadhikari dismissed the petition filed by
activist, Indur Chhugani, who wanted to contest the 2009
election against Dutt from the same constituency but his
nomination papers were rejected by the returning officer.
Chhugani had approached the high court challenging
Dutt`s election in 2009 alleging that his nomination was
rejected on frivolous grounds.
According to petition, the nomination papers were
rejected by returning officer Mahendra Warbhuvan as Chhugani
had forgotten to fill the name of the constituency.
"The handbook for returning officers clearly says
clerical errors such as writing the wrong election year or
names are not grounds for rejecting nominations," Chhugani
His petition also contended that Warbhuvan was
returning officer for only the Mumbai North-Central seat and
hence, there was no question of candidates from other
constituencies filing nominations before him.
The court, however, refused to accept Chhugani`s
arguments and dismissed his petition.