The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Friday quashed the election of BJP MP from Shahdol, Gyan Singh.
The court’s verdict came in response to a petition filed by Mahaveer Prasad Majhi, an independent candidate.
The petitioner’s nomination papers for the ST-reserved seat were rejected by the returning officer in the 2014 polls.
Meanwhile, Majhi challenged Singh’s election on the ground that the rejection of his papers was wrongful and he might have won the seat otherwise.
Gyan Singh contended that the Majhi did not belong to a Scheduled Tribe (ST). After which the returning officer had held Majhi’s nomination papers as invalid.
Meanwhile, Majhi’s lawyer clarified that his client possessed a valid caste certificate issued by a naib (deputy) tehsildar in 1991.
While the returning officer said that only sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) was the competent authority for issuance of caste certificates.
However, Majhi’s lawyer contended that naib tehsildar was the competent authority for the issuance of caste certificate till 1995.