MLA’s election voided after he served full term
Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday declared void the election of Congress’s Jai Tirath Dahiya, who had won the
Haryana assembly polls nearly five years ago by a margin of just three votes. The court ruled Dahiya had actually polled four votes less.
The verdict comes just weeks before the assembly’s term expires on November 2.
Justice Harinder Singh Sidhu based his verdict on the conclusion that Dahiya had polled more void votes than nearest rival, INLD nominee Inderjit Singh, who had petitioned the HC after he was defeated in 2014. “It has been proved nine void votes have been cast in favour of Dahiya and two void votes cast in favour of Singh,” the HC said.
After the deduction of void votes from their tally, the valid votes polled by the returned candidate are 36,694 and the votes polled by the petitioner are 36,698,” the HC said.
Jai Tirath Dahiya, a close confidant of former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, had contested from the Rai constituency, which he had won in the 2009 polls.
He had resigned as MLA on August 1, just before his case reached the final stage. The last working day of the assembly was August 6. Speaker Kanwar Pal Gujjar accepted the resignation and had notified the same.
However, the court did not declare Inderjit Singh as elected in view of a recrimination petition filed against him by Dahiya. The petition, alleging corrupt practices, comes up for hearing on October 14.