SC orders limited trial of Sidhu

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 11:45 AM IST
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New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered recommencement of the trial of Navjot Singh Sidhu on an election petition filed against him on his election to the Lok Sabha in 2009 as a BJP candidate.

The Bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Abhay Manohar Sapre narrowed down the trial to the issue of alleged suppression of expenditure by Sidhu on the newspaper advertisements as part of his poll campaign and misuse of the services of an electricity board engineer.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court will hear the petition filed by Om Parkash Soni.

Sidhu had moved the Apex Court, challenging three issues framed by the High Court, including one on misuse of services of Jagjit Singh Suchu, an executive engineer of the Punjab State Electricity Board.

The Apex Court held that Suchu was not a government servant as such and even if his services were obtained for campaign, it did not amount to corruption of practice. It, however, held that the issue should be examined in the trial in the context of the contention that Suchu was performing the duties in the state government.

The court, however, dismissed the third issue regarding the role of the returning officer in counting of votes, noting that the life of the Lok Sabha for which elections were held has long expired.

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