Passing a verdict on a plea challenging the use of NOTA (None of the above) in the Rajya Sabha elections, the Supreme Court on Tuesday stated that the option of NOTA cannot be made applicable during Rajya Sabha elections. The following ruling was given by a three-bench judge being headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra. Reading out the verdict, Dipak Misra set aside the notification by Election Commission in which it had allowed the NOTA option for Rajya Sabha elections.

The Supreme Court further questioned the notification by the poll panel of allowing the use of NOTA. The court added that the option of NOTA was created so that an individual can exercise it during direct polls.

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The following ruling by the Supreme Court was passed in respect to the petition filed by Shailesh Manubhai Parmar. Parmar was then Congress’ Chief Whip in the Gujarat Legislative Assembly. he had challenged the use of NOTA in the Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat in 2007. It was the time when INC had fielded Ahmed Patel.

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Filing a petition with the apex court, Parmar had alleged that allowing the use of NOTA option during Rajya Sabha elections would encourage the corruption and horse trading.

Allowing the use of NOTA in the Rajya Sabha elections, the polls panel had said that NOTA was introduced in 2014 after the 2013 ruling by the apex court. It added that the Congress government of that time showed no objections to it in the subsequent polls as it suited them.

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