SC dismisses plea against Modi over marital status

SC dismisses plea against Modi over marital status

The SC on Friday dismissed a petition by an Ahmedabad resident for initiating proceedings against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “concealing” his marital status in his nomination paper in Maninagar Assembly constitutency.

A bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Abhay Manohar Sapre saw no merit in entertaining the special leave petition filed by Nishant Deshdipak Varma challenging a Gujarat High Court order of July 3 rejecting his plea.

“You can’t punish a person for revealing name of his wife (in 2014 Lok Sabha nomination paper),” the bench told advocate Prashant Bhushan.

The counsel, appearing for the petitioner, sought action against Modi for disclosing his martial status only in the 2014 Lok Sabha nomination paper.

He claimed Modi previously did not reveal the name of his wife in nomination paper for Maninagar constituency.

He contended a complaint was made before a trial court on April 11 last year.

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