IMO News Service
The Kerala High Court has disqualified an IUML (Indian Union Muslim League) MLA on a plea, which claimed that he used religion to win state assembly polls in 2016.
K M Shaji, who had won the elections from Azhikode Assembly constituency in 2016, was disqualified for six years.
Justice P D Rajan while delivering the judgment directed the Kerala Assembly Speaker and the Election Commission to take appropriate action. LDF (Left Democratic Front) candidate M V Nikesh Kumar, who contested the election against Shaji, had submitted his plea to the state high court, which finally announced its judgment.
IUML is currently a partner of the Congress-led opposition UDF (United Democratic Front) in the state. Nikesh Kumar had alleged in his petition that Shaji secured a win by a margin of 2,287 votes using corrupt practices, and accused him of having violated norms prescribed under various sections of the Representation of the People Act for winning the elections.
Nikesh had alleged that being himself a Muslim, Shaji and his agents had appealed to the Muslim community to vote for him on grounds of his religion.
The defeated LDF candidate had also alleged that pamphlets were circulated in the constituency urging people not to vote for a candidate who is not a believer of the Islamic faith.
Sources in the IUML said the party will soon take a decision to file an appeal after getting the judgement copy.