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New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday, June 20 declined the plea of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders and MLAs Nawab Malik and Anil Deshmukh seeking temporary release from prison to cast their votes in the Maharashtra Legislative Council (MLC) election, which is underway.
However, a vacation bench of Justices C.T. Ravikumar and Sudhanshu Dhulia agreed to examine the issue relating to the interpretation of Section 62(5) of the Representation of the People Act 1951, which bars jailed persons from voting.
The Bombay high court had on June 17 rejected the NCP leaders’ plea seeking temporary release from prison for casting their ballots saying the constitutional right to vote is not absolute.
Malik, who is still a cabinet minister in the state, and former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh, both of whom are in prison in separate money laundering and corruption cases, had sought the court’s permission to be let out of custody “for a few hours,” and “under escort protection” to vote.
This story, which was published on June 20 at 2:41 pm, is being republished at 4:10 pm with an update on the apex court declining the NCP leaders’ plea to cast their votes in the MLC elections.