Mumbai Court rejects Nawab Malik and Anil Deshmukh’s pleas to vote in Rajya Sabha polls

Nawab Malik and Anil Deshmukh

MUMBAI: Special court rejected the applications filed by NCP leaders Nawab Malik and Anil Deshmukh seeking permission to visit Vidhan Sabha on Friday to vote in the Rajya Sabha elections.

Both Malik and Deshmukh, arrested in separate money laundering cases, had approached the court seeking a one-day bail to cast vote in the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections for six seats from the state.

Special Judge RS Rokade passed the order after marathon arguments on Wednesday, by their respective counsels and the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which has opposed their pleas stating that prisoners have no voting rights under the Peoples Representation Act.

Senior Advocate Abad Ponda, representing Deshmukh, distinguished between categories of prisoners to state that under the Representation of People Act only certain categories of prisoners who are in confinement don’t have voting rights.

He claimed that the restrictions were for convicts and not undertrials. He also said that it was only a matter of a couple of hours, and the duo could be taken to Vidhan Sabha with full police Protection.

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