Supreme Court issued notice to the Centre and Election Commission of India to respond to the plea that asked for conducting fresh elections in those constituencies where most of the votes were NOTA.
The Court directed the ECI to use its plenary power under Article 324 to nullify the election result and hold fresh elections if maximum votes are in favour of NOTA in a particular constituency and to restrict those candidates from contesting fresh elections who have participated in the invalidated election.
"The right to reject and elect a new candidate will give power to the people to express their discontent. If voters are dissatisfied with the background or performance of the contesting candidate, they will opt for NOTA to reject such candidate and elect a new candidate," the petition said.
“If a constituency goes unrepresented because all candidates rejected, then there should be fresh polls'?" the court asked. The petitioner denied this saying that the "Right to Reject" will inspire political parties. The Chief Justice finally accepted the petition and issued the notices.