KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Friday issued summons to UDF MPs Shashi Tharoor and Jose K Mani on petitions challenging their election from the Thiruvananthapuram and Kottayam Parliament constituencies, respectively.
Justice P Bhavadasan issued the order while admitting a petition seeking to declare the election of Tharoor and Mani as void. The petition against Jose K Mani was filed by NDA candidate Noble Mathew, while Tharoor’s election is being challenged by Aam Admi Party candidate Ajit Joy and two others. According yo Ajit Joy, Shashi Tharoor had spent a significantly higher amount for his election campaign than the `70 lakh fixed under Section-77 of the Representation of Peoples Act.
Pointing out that Tharoor had submitted a false statement of election expenses, he said, “It is mandatory for every candidate to the House of the People or a State Assembly to keep separate and correct accounts of all the expenditure incurred between the date on which the candidate was nominated and the date of declaration of the result of the election, both dates inclusive.”