New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down introduction of “NOTA” (None of the above) in the Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat in August last year, holding that “it would not only undermine the purity of democracy but also serve the Satan of defection and corruption.”
In a 33-page judgment written by Chief Justice Dipak Misra on behalf of a 3-judge Bench that also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and Y Chandrachud, the Court upheld the writ petition of Shailesh Manubhai Parmar, Congress chief whip in the Gujarat Assembly.
The judgment came on the Rajya Sabha elections in which new Congress treasurer Ahmed Patel could win with great difficulty in the face of machination of the BJP to defect and field a Congress MLA in the election. The petition challenging Patel’s election is still pending.
It held that “NOTA will destroy the concept of value of a vote and representation and encourage defection that shall open the doors for corruption which is a malignant order.”