Legal Correspondent

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday declined to entertain a petition filed by a Shiv Sena candidate that challenged the Election Commission’s decision to hold separate elections on August 10 for filling three vacant seats in the Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra.

A Bench of Justices H.S. Bedi and J.M. Panchal dismissed the petition filed by Rahul S Narwekar, after hearing senior counsel Harish Salve for the petitioner and senior counsel Dushyant Dave for the Commission.

The petitioner submitted that holding separate elections would be in violation of the system of proportional voting as contemplated under Article 80 (4) of the Constitution. He contended that separate elections would benefit the majority group and all its candidates would get elected. It would set a wrong precedent as the principles of fair play, rule of law and equality before law would stand totally violated.

He sought a direction to the Commission to hold single election for the August 10 poll.