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Tej Singh & Another v. State Election Commission & Others - WRIT - C No. 47051 of 2005 [2005] RD-AH 1551 (4 July 2005)


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Tej Singh & Anr.            .......... Petitioners


State Election Commission (Panchayat Raj), U.P. & Ors.  

   ..........     Respondents

Hon'ble Dr. B.S. Chauhan, J.

Hon'ble Dilip Gupta, J.

(By Hon'ble Dr. B.S. Chauhan, J.)

This writ petition has been filed in a most scandalous manner, praying for deleting the names of 450 person from the electoral rolls, without impleading a single person. It has been submitted in the petition that a large number of persons have wrongly been included in the voter list and their names should be deleted.

The procedure in this regard governed by the provisions of the U.P. Panchayat Raj Act, 1947 (hereinafter called ''the Act 1947) and the U.P. Panchayat Raj (Registration of Electors) Rules, 1994 (hereinafter called ''the Rules 1994'). Section 9 of the Act, 1947 deals with the procedure for preparing the electoral roll for each territorial constituency. Sub-section (7) thereof  provides that every person is entitled to be registered as a voter only in one constituency. Sub-section (8) provides that where the State Election Commission is satisfied after making certain enquiry as it may deem fit, whether on an application made to it or on its own motion, that any entry  in the electoral roll should be corrected or deleted or that the name of any person entitled to get registered should be added in the electoral roll, it shall, subject to the provisions of this Act and rules and orders made thereunder, correct, delete or add the entry, as the case may be. However, the second proviso thereto provides that no deletion or correction of any entry in respect of any person affecting his interest adversely without giving him reasonable opportunity of being heard in respect of the action proposed to be taken in relation to him. Rules, 1994 provide for a detailed procedure. Rule 8 thereof provides for publication of rolls in draft giving wide publicity in the Panchayat area and the copy thereof shall be made available for inspection by the people at large. Rule 9 provides for filing claims for inclusion and exclusion of the names of any person. The objections so filed have to be registered and proper entries are to be made as required under Rule 10. However, Rule 11 reads as under:-

"11. Period for lodging claims and objections.- Every application referred to in Rule 9 or in Rule 10 shall be made within a period of seven days from date of publication of the roll in draft under Rule 8.

Rules 13 and 14 provide for procedure for entertaining objections and Rule 15 mandatorily requires for service of notice after being satisfied, prima facie, regarding the genuineness  of the objections  for inclusion or exclusion of the names. The notice is to be served upon the person along with a copy of the objection and notice is required to be served under sub-rule (3) personally and in default or personal service, shall be served by affixing a copy thereof at the residence. Rule 16 further provides for enquiry into claims and objections. It lays down a procedure for leading the evidence on the issue. Rule 17 provides that any person included inadvertently may be deleted from the electoral roll. Rule 19 provides for final publication of electoral  roll.

The aforesaid Rules provide that immediately after publication of the tentative voter list, objections have to be filed either for exclusion or inclusion of the names and the objections  have to be filed with affidavits, in duplicate, so that the another copy of the objections made be served upon the person whose name is to be deleted from the voter list and that exercise is to be done within seven days from the date of publication of the tentative voter list. After receiving the objections, the person whose name  is sought to be excluded from the voter list would have a right to lead evidence in rebuttal of the relief sought by the applicant before the Statutory Authority.

This writ petition has been filed without disclosing as to whether the application for exclusion of the names from the voter list of 450  persons has been filed within limitation as provided under the Rules, 1994; as to whether the objections have been filed along with affidavits, in duplicate, and whether the objections have ever been served upon any of the persons, whose names are sought to be deleted from the voter list, by the Statutory Authority. As the material facts have not been pleaded and no factual foundation has been laid down by the petitioner to make the petition maintainable, we are not inclined to entertain the writ petition.  The  controversy involved herein has been decided by this Court in Writ Petition No. 40829 of 2005, Mangal Dev & Anr. Vs. The State Election Commission & Ors., vide judgment dated 26.05.2005, and we are of the considered opinion that as per the said decision, this petition itself is not maintainable. It is accordingly dismissed.




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