The Kerala high court on Thursday (August 1) issued a notice to Rahul Gandhi, former Congress president, and the Election Commission on a petition filed by Saritha Nair, an accused in the Solar scam
Kochi: The Kerala high court has issued a notice to Wayanad MP and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi regarding the petition filed by solar scam accused Saritha Nair challenging the election of Rahul Gandhi. Saritha, who was an MP candidate from Amethi, also challenged the election of Hibi Eden from Ernakulam.
The Kerala high court also issued a notice to Hibi Eden and the Election Commission on another petition filed by Saritha. In her petition, she seeks to declare void the election of Eden from Ernakulam Lok Sabha.
Reports say, Saritha filed her nomination papers in Ernakulam and Wayanad constituencies but were rejected. Saritha’s counsel KT Thomas pointed out when EC officers in Kerala rejected her nomination, the returning officer of Amethi accepted the same petition.
Saritha contested as an independent candidate against Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi for the Lok Sabha election. She had chosen green chilli as her poll symbol. She had submitted her nomination with the address of her residence in Malayinkeezhu, Thiruvananthapuram.
The nomination papers filed by Saritha to contest from Ernakulam and Wayanad were rejected by the Election Commission (EC) on April 6. The lawyer said the decision of ROs in Ernakulam and Wayanad was illegal. Hence, she sought to set aside the election of Rahul and Hibi.
Earlier, Saritha had made serious allegations of corruption and sexual exploitation against a number of Congress leaders. She told the media that she had sent many letters to Rahul Gandhi in which she had complained against 12 Congress workers.
“Rahul Gandhi refused to take action,” she said, and questioned, "How can a person, who is trying to become the Prime Minister of India, behave this way to a woman?"
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Last Updated Aug 2, 2019, 6:45 PM IST