Chandigarh

APEX COURT NO TO INDUSTRIALLIST AND FILM PRODUCER CHAHATWAL ON EARLY HEARING OF PLEA AGAINST REJECTION OF NOMINATION

May 16, 2019 10:17 AM

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The Supreme Court refused to accord urgent hearing on a plea filed by PS Chhatwal, managing director of Torque Pharmaceutical Pvt Ltd, whose nomination papers for Chandigarh constituency as an Independent candidate were rejected.

A vacation bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna said on Tuesday that Chhatwal's plea would come up for hearing in due course of time.

"Once election is announced there is bar from interfering in the poll process," the bench said. When Chhatwal's advocate Tarun Khaira said he has a right to contest election, the bench said, "It is the subject matter for Election Commission". Chhatwal, present in the courtroom, has challenged the April 30 decision of returning officer to reject his nomination papers on the ground that his name does not feature in the electoral roll.

"Once the name to the petitioner was included in the list in the year 1994, thereafter the petitioner was nowhere and at any given point never been disqualified from being an elector so as to have the name of the petitioner deleted from the elector list. Any eror or omission in the deletion of the name of the petitioner from the said list is attributable to the concerned department and the petitioner, for no fault of his, cannot be punished for the error committed by others," Chhatwal plea said.  Polling for Chandigarh Lok Sabha constituency will be held on May 19.

  His appeal against the returning officer decision was dismissed by the Chief Electoral Officer on May 6 following which he moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court for relief.

The high court had on May 8, dismissed his plea on the ground that he can file an election petition after the poll process is over.Chhatwal contended that he has valid photo identity card issued by the election commission of India but his nomination papers were rejected as his name did not find mention in the electoral roll.

"Once the name to the petitioner was included in the list in the year 1994, thereafter the petitioner was nowhere and at any given point never been disqualified from being an elector so as to have the name of the petitioner deleted from the elector list. Any eror or omission in the deletion of the name of the petitioner from the said list is attributable to the concerned department and the petitioner, for no fault of his, cannot be punished for the error committed by others," Chhatwal plea said.  Polling for Chandigarh Lok Sabha constituency will be held on May 19.
Chhatwal, MD of Torque Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd., who had filed his nomination for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat only to have it rejected on the ground that his name did not figure in the voter list.
While talking to media persons, he said, ''I only want to make Chandigarh the dream city of the country and the world.''

The industrialist said he has contributed a lot to the society by running multiple Industries and giving employment and business to thousands of people. ''I was pained to see the state of affairs of this beautiful city I have lived in for most part of my life. I thought I would be able to change its face if I get elected. This is the only reason I have thrown my hat in the poll ring.'' Chhatwal lamented that his application was rejected on the grounds that his name was not there in the voter list, despite the fact that he held a valid voter card. He said he moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the rejection of his nomination, but the Court did not accept his appeal on the plea that they did not want to interfere with the work of the Election Commission.

“I have no vested interests in fighting this election, I merely want to make Chandigarh the No 1 city of India and the world. I think it has the potential, but unfortunately it is being managed badly. I know I can change it.''
He said Chandigarh has been neglected and is plagued by many problems. ''Its ranking among the clean cities of the country is falling. There is no control on crime; the police department needs drastic reforms and there should be minimum pay packages for constables. Government schools lack basic amenities as do government hospitals, where the condition of healthcare is pitiable. There is no housing for immigrant workers of other states.''
Chhatwal said the city needs funds and he is ready to give both resources and time to work for the city and improve its condition.

Referring to the problem of traffic congestion in the city, Chhatwal said he would need just 51 days to turnaround this problem. ''I will work hard for electricity supply and management with state-of-the-art technology. Law and order will also be my top priority,'' he said, adding that he would also ensure dignity and care to the elderly population of the city.

Chhatwal recalled how he used to dislike politics, given the messy state of Indian polity. He did not even vote for four terms. But now he was determined to initiate reforms by entering public life. ''I was offered a Rajya Sabha seat but I declined the offer,'' he recounted.

''However, now I have decided to dedicate my life to this city, I want to make it shine,'' he declared. Chhatwal said he will file an appeal in the Supreme Court and is willing to even knock at the doors of the President of India to get his fundamental right of contesting the polls and working for the nation. 

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