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LS polls: Supreme Court trashes PIL for quota for persons with disabilities

The bench also questioned the plea in the PIL that the candidates be asked to make disclosures about their disability status, if any, in the nomination forms.
Last Updated 26 February 2024, 15:17 IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking a quota for persons with disability in the Lok Sabha, saying the judiciary cannot interfere with policy decisions.

"We cannot order reservation for the persons with disability in elections. It is purely a policy matter. Dismissed," a bench comprising Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and justices J B Pardiwala and Manoj Misra said.

The bench also questioned the plea in the PIL that the candidates be asked to make disclosures about their disability status, if any, in the nomination forms.

"Why should there be a disclosure that a person is disabled in the nomination form," the bench asked.

The PIL was filed by one Jayant Raghav, a resident of Dwarka in Delhi.

It made the Centre, the Election Commission and state poll bodies of Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan parties.

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(Published 26 February 2024, 15:17 IST)

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