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  • SC notice to Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh govts
  • Notice on the alleged distribution of freebies before polls
  • MP, Rajasthan govt asked to reply in four weeks

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Freebies ahead of elections: SC sends notice to Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan govts

Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments have been sent notices by the Supreme Court after a plea alleged that freebies were being distributed in both states ahead of the polls

Freebies ahead of elections: SC sends notice to Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan govts

The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response of the Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan governments on a PIL alleging distribution of freebies to voters ahead of assembly polls in both states.

A bench comprising Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justices J B Pardiwala and Manoj Misra also issued notices to the Centre, the Election Commission and the Reserve Bank of India on the PIL, which also alleged that taxpayers' monies are misused by the two state governments to lure voters.

“There can be nothing more atrocious than the government distributing cash before the polls. This is happening every time and the burden is on the taxpayers ultimately,” the lawyer representing the petitioner said.

“Issue notice. Returnable in four weeks,” the bench said.

The court took note of the PIL filed by Bhattulal Jain and ordered that it be tagged with a pending plea on the issue.


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