MLA’s elec­tion voided af­ter he served full term

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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.

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