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RJD seeks repolling in Bihar’s Munger, SC dismisses petition

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a petition filed by a Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) candidate seeking a direction to the Election Commission of India to conduct re-polling in more than 40 booths in Bihar’s Munger seat.

A Vacation Bench of Justices Satish Chandra Sharma and P. B. Varale asked the lawyer appearing for the candidate Kumari Anita to approach the Patna High Court.

“The High Courts are not closed in this country,” Justice Sharma told the lawyer. The court recorded the petition to be dismissed as withdrawn.

The petition had alleged “serious manipulation, booth capturing and rigging by JD(U) workers with the help of officials”.

The petitioner said she was physically assaulted for complaining to the officials about the alleged malpractices. Detailed complaints were sent to authorities, including the Chief Election Officer, Bihar; District Election Officer, Munger: and observers appointed by the top poll body, the plea said.

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