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The Supreme Court, on Thursday, has dismissed the plea filed by ex-BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav against the rejection of his nomination from Varanasi LS constituency by the Election Commission of India (ECI). A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi dismissed the plea saying, “We don’t find any merit to entertain this petition.”

Hearing a petition by former BSF constable, the Supreme Court had asked the poll body on Wednesday to examine the plea again and revert on Thursday. Yadav’s nomination from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency was rejected over discrepancies in his nomination papers by the Returning Officer (RO) last week. Yadav had moved the apex court on Monday and he was represented by Advocate Prashant Bhushan.

In its notice to reject Yadav on May 1, the poll panel had said that government employees who have been dismissed for corruption or disloyalty to the state shall be disqualified from campaigning for five years.

Yadav was seeking to contest the polls from Varanasi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a ticket from the Opposition alliance in Uttar Pradesh, comprising of the Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD).

The ex-jawan was sacked for his video complaining about the poor quality of food served during his postings in Kashmir in 2017. It had gone viral on social media, causing huge embarrassment to the government. The video was viewed more than 70 lakh times, prompting the Prime Minister’s Office to ask for a report. Yadav was dismissed after a court of inquiry found him guilty on charges of indiscipline for going public with his grievances.

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