Sacked BSF soldier Tej Bahadur Yadav on Monday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Election Commission's decision to cancel his candidature from the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is contesting.
The soldier was dismissed in 2017 after he posted a video online complaining about the food served to the troops, was fielded by the Samajwadi Party as its candidate from the Varanasi seat.
However, the returning officer rejected Mr Yadav's nomination papers citing his failure to submit a certificate that he was not sacked for either corruption or disloyalty.
In his plea, Mr Yadav termed the decision of the poll panel discriminatory and unreasonable and said it should be set aside.
The Samajwadi Party had initially fielded Shalini Yadav as its candidate to contest against PM Modi and later nominated the former soldier.