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Supreme Court dismisses plea against Maundy Thursday polling

A bench of Justice S.A. Bobde, Justice S. Abdul Nazeer and Justice Indira Banerjee dismissed the plea.

 
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New Delhi: 

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a Christian organisation's plea seeking rescheduling of the April 18 polling for the Lok Sabha in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

A SC Bench, comprising Justice S.A. Bobde, Justice S. Abdul Nazeer and Justice Indira Banerjee, declined the plea for an early hearing.

The petitioner contended this year Maundy Thursday falls on April 18, the polling day, and it is a liturgical holy day leading to Good Friday and Easter for the Christian community.

As the lawyer for the petitioner mentioned the matter for an early hearing, the court asked: "Can't you cast vote on a holy day? How long does it take to vote? We don't want to advise you how to pray and how to cast vote."

The Madras High Court had earlier rejected a the plea to postpone the polling in Maundy Thursday.

Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will vote in the second phase on April 18. The second phase will also cover 97 constituencies across 13 states in Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

Declining the plea, the court said there was no urgency in hearing the matter.

IANS

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