EX-BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav on May 6, 2019, has moved the Supreme Court challenging the Election Commission’s decision to reject his candidature to contest the Lok Sabha elections.
Tej Bahadur Yadav was fielded by the Samajwadi Party as its candidate from the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is contesting. As per reports, Yadav’s nomination papers were rejected by the returning officer, citing his failure to submit a certificate that he was not sacked from the Army for either corruption or disloyalty.
“Shri Tej Bahadur has stated that he has been dismissed from government service on April 19, 2017. Five years has not elapsed and his nomination paper is neither accompanied by a certificate issued in the prescribed manner to the effect that he has not been dismissed for corruption or disloyalty to the state, nor he has been able to produce any such certificate by 11 am of May 1, 2019. Therefore, the nomination paper… is hereby rejected,” returning officer Surendra Singh said in a statement. The former BSF jawan came into the limelight in 2017 for criticising the Army’s treatment of its own. He had uploaded a video showing poor quality of food served to the jawans at the border. Subsequently, an inquiry was ordered against Yadav and he was later dismissed from service in April 2017.