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SC dismisses Sangma's plea challenging Pranab's election

Posted on Dec 05, 09:28PM | UNI

The Supreme court today dismissed the petition filed by NDA Presidential candidate P A Sangma, challenging the election of Pranab Mukherjee as President.

Chief Justice Altamas Kabir, Justices P Sathasivam and S S Nijjar wrote a common judgement, while Justices J Chelameshwar and Rajan Gogoi wrote separate one.

Mr Sangma challenged the election of Mr Mukherjee on the grounds that he was holding an office of profit in his capacity as chairman of Indian Statistical Committee, Calcutta on the day of filing his nomination.

Mr Mukherjee, however, denied the allegations saying that he had already resigned and was not holding any office of profit on the day of filing nomination.

The returning officer had rejected the objection of Mr Sangma.

The Election Commission of India(ECI) dismissed his appeal against the order of the returning officer.

Mr Sangma had approached the highest court against the decision of Election Commission.

The majority in this judgement ruled that Mr Mukherjee was not holding office of profit on day of filing his nomination and the decision does not call for any interference by the court.