Petitions Against D’gere MP Dismissed - The New Indian Express

Petitions Against D’gere MP Dismissed

Published: 17th January 2014 10:19 AM

Last Updated: 17th January 2014 10:22 AM

The High Court on Thursday dismissed two petitions challenging the District Election Commissioner’s move of accepting the nomination of Davanagere MP G M Siddeshwar during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

Justice Ashok B Hinchigeri heard two separate petitions filed by Prasanna Kumar and Thippeswamy. The petitioners contended that Siddeshwar was still a government contractor when he was elected from Davanagere constituency in 2009. He was fulfilling a Central government contract while contesting in the election, which amounted to a violation of rules, they claimed. The petitioners declared that such violators not be allowed to continue and sought directions that his election be set aside as being null and void. The Court dismissed the petition.

DC’s Order Quashed

The HC quashed an order of the Chamarajanagar Deputy Commissioner’s granting license to a mobile fair price shop in Kandahalli of Yalandoor taluk, which was demanded by upper-caste families who did not want to buy from a shop run by a person from the Scheduled Castes.

Justice A S Bopanna quashed the DC’s order on a petition filed by one Narayana, which stated that it promoted untouchability in the village. The petitioner claimed that the DC was entertaining untouchability, caste-based exclusion and discrimination.

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