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Supreme Court Stays Karnataka HC's Verdict Nullifying Prajwal Revanna's MP Election

By LAWSTREET NEWS NETWORK      Sep 20, 2023      0 Comments      885 Views
Supreme Court Stays Karnataka HCs Verdict Nullifying Prajwal Revannas MP Election

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the Karnataka High Court's September 1 order declaring election of JD-S MP Prajwal Revanna from Hassan as null and void.

A bench of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justices J B Pardiwala and Manoj Mishra, however, said Prajwal would not be entitled to cast his vote and receive any allowances as an MP, though he can participate in Parliament's proceedings.

The court also allowed a plea by his counsel that he would be entitled to contest the forthcoming Parliament elections next year.

Prajwal is grandson of ex PM H D Devegowda.

Hearing special leave petitions filed by Prajwal and his father and brother, the court passed its interim order, providing him the relief.

Senior advocates Mukul Rohatgi and K K Venugopal appeared for Prajwal.

Senior advocate Pramila Nesargi and advocate Balaji Srinivasan represented the election petitioner.

Senior advocate Venugopala Gowda, who appeared for Prajwal's father H D Revanna and Suraj Revanna, withdrew their appeals with liberty to file special leave petitions.

Prajwal claimed that the HC had consolidated two elections petitions filed against him to arrive at its decision of partly allowing the election petition, contrary to the rules and procedures.

The HC's single judge bench had declared the 2019 election of Prajwal as null and void for not disclosing full requisite details, including of his properties in his poll affidavit.

The election petitions were filed by then BJP candidate and now a JD-S MLA A Manju and another person.

The court had set aside his election on the ground of corrupt practices for non disclosure of material facts, wrong disclosure of the value of the properties, evading taxes, proxy voting, exorbitant expenditures than the limit prescribed by the Election Commission.

The court, however, had said petitioner Manju cannot be declared as returned candidate as he was also involved in corrupt practices, suppression of material facts, regarding income and pending cases.

During the pendency, petitioner Manju fought and won the election of Karnataka Legislative Assembly as JDS candidate from Arakalgud constituency.

The HC had also issued notice to Revanna and his another son Suraj Revanna to show cause as to why they should not be so named as per Section 99(a)(ii) of R P Act.

Prajwal was declared as the winner having secured 6,76,606 votes on May 23, 2019. He defeated election petitioner Manju, who came as a first runner up with 5,35,282 votes as the BJP nominee. 

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