28 January 2020
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed a non-resident Indian (NRI) petitioner who moved the court alleging corruption in 2019 General Elections to go to the high court.
The woman, based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), had filed the plea before a Bench of Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices B.R. Gavai and Surya Kant. It allowed her to withdraw the plea.
"Why have you not gone to the high court, and also why is this petition under Article 32," it asked.
The petitioner contended there was corruption in the elections and as a consequence the people were cheated. She also submitted that earlier orders of the top court were not complied.
The Bench said the high court could take cognizance of the top court order. "You can withdraw this petition and go to the high court," it said.
The petitioner said she had come from a foreign country to pursue this matter and insisted by moving the high court she might not get justice.
The top court declined to entertain her plea and reiterated that she should move the high court. "Because you are from abroad, it doesn't mean you will not get justice," said the court emphasising on the process of law.
When the woman insisted that she had proof to place on record that the people were cheated in the last General Elections, the bench said, "You don't represent the people of India, and you don't even live in this country.
To this the woman replied her parents lived here. The court asked her to consult senior advocate Sanjay Parekh.