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Petition in Karnataka HC, challenging congress’ election manifesto, rejected

Last Updated on April 27, 2024 by News Desk

The Karnataka High Court has recently observed that the promises which have been mentioned in the election manifesto during the 2023 assembly elections can be termed as a case of wrong policy but the same cannot be termed as a ‘corrupt practice’  as per the representation of people’s act.

Justice MI Arun had observed while he was rejecting the petition that was challenging the election of congress MLA BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan.

The petitioner, Shahshanka J. Sreedhara, who is a voter in that constituency had argued that the unfulfilled promises that were made did amount to corrupt practices.

The promises included 200 units of free access to electricity, payment of Rs 2000 to every woman head of the family, supplying 10kgs of food grain to the family members falling in the BPL category, providing stipend to unemployed educated youth as well as making the access of free travel in the state buses for the women.

The court said that to fall within section 123 of the representation of People’s Act it is important the same was done by the candidate or his agent, with the consent of the candidate or agent.

The court said further that whether the policy is sound or not is another issue of debate.

The court thought that there was no cause of action and the petition was rejected.

Written By:- Shianjany Pradhan (@SHIANJANYPRADHAN)

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