Supreme Court declares AAP's Kuldeep Kumar as 'validly elected' Chandigarh mayor [20.2.2024]

In a landmark victory for the Aam Aadmi Party, the Supreme Court on Tuesday declared party nominee Kuldeep Kumar as 'validly elected' Mayor of Chandigarh, after directing eight 'invalid' votes to be treated as valid. The court also directed the issuance of a show cause notice to returning officer Anil Masih.

These eight votes were cast in favour of the AAP and were defaced by Masih.

During the hearing, Chief Justice of India (CJI) D Y Chandrachud stated that the votes cast during the polls should be counted again, with Masih's defaced ballots treated as valid.

Chandrachud also stated that the ballot papers on which Masih left markings were those cast in support of AAP candidate Kuldeep Kumar.

Reacting to the court's ruling, AAP national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal thanked the apex court "for saving democracy."  

On Monday, the Supreme Court expressed concern at the possibility of horse-trading against the backdrop of the Chandigarh mayoral polls.

21 Feb 2024