BENGALURU: The High Court on Tuesday quashed the State Election Commission’s (SEC) August 11 order disqualifying five Congress members, including the president and vice-president of Chitradurga zilla panchayat.
Justice Raghvendra S Chauhan quashed the SEC order disqualifying and barring the members from contesting polls for the next five years under the anti-defection law.
The disqualified members were ZP president Giri M Janakal, vice-president Anitha Basavaraj and members Sujatha, Mahalingappa and Parvathamma. The members contended that the whip issued by the party on July 10, 2014, was not valid as it was issued by the general secretary instead of the president.
While electing the president and vice-president in July 2014, the members had allegedly joined hands with the BJP and JD(S), violating the whip.