New Delhi, July 9 : The Supreme Court on Monday asked Gujarat High Court not to proceed with the election petition filed against senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel.
The bench, which also comprised Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, made it clear that the Gujarat high court would not proceed in the matter thereafter.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra sought the response of a BJP leader on a plea by Ahmed Patel seeking a stay of proceedings in the Gujarat High Court which is hearing a petition challenging the senior Congress leader’s election to the Rajya Sabha.
The petition had challenged Patel’s election to Rajya Sabha.
The bench allowed the Gujarat High Court to frame the issues to be decided by it on the petition filed by BJP leader Balwantsinh Rajput challenging Patel’s election to the Upper House.
Rajput had lost the election to Patel and filed a petition in the high court challenging the Election Commission’s order invalidating the votes of two rebel Congress MLAs Raghavjee Patel and Bholabhai Gohel .
In his plea, Patel has said that the election petition filed by his rival BJP nominee Rajput in the high court was not maintainable and needed to be dismissed.
The bench then posted the matter after four weeks and asked both the parties to complete their pleadings by filing replies and rejoinder affidavits in the mean time.