Ranjana Baghel, Neena Verma and Chetan Kumar Kashyap also get notice
INDORE: The Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court, on Friday issued notices to four BJP MLAs— Kailash Vijayvargiya ( Mhow), Chetan Kumar Kashyap ( Ratlam), Ranjana Baghel ( Manawar) and Neena Verma ( Dhar) in response to petitions filed against them by their rival candidates and common voters alleging use of unfair means in the recently- held Assembly elections.
The bench also accepted the petitions under the Representation of Peoples Act against them, on Friday. Congress candidate from Mhow Antar Singh Darbar demanded nullification of election of BJP MLA ( UAD minister) Kailash Vijayvargiya as he used unfair means to win the election.
Darbar’s counsel Ajay Bagadia said that along with the petition, proof in the form of CDs have also been submitted to the court.Bagadia also accused Vijayvargiya of distributing money on three occasions.He also said that if the charges were proved, then the election of the MLA could be nullified.
BJP MLA Chetan Kumar Kashyap also faced petition from Independent candidate Paras Saklecha ( Ratlam) challenging his election. Saklecha questioned how Kashyap did register his name in the voters’ list of Ratlam when he is not a resident of Ratlam.
In fact his Pan card and other documents show address of Mumbai.Saklecha also mentioned that Kashyap concealed information about a pending case of cheating against him in his nomination papers.A common voter and a Congress candidate who contested the Assembly election filed the petitions against BJP MLA from Manawar, Ranjana Baghel, who was a former minister.
The HC issued notices to her in both the petitions.Govind Giri, a voter, through his counsel Manish adav filed a petition against Baghel while another petition was filed by Congress candidate Niranjan Dabar.Both the petitions mentioned that Baghel adopted unfair means and distributed money during the polls.
adav claimed that just a day prior to the election, Baghel was captured in a camera distributing money and even a snapshot appeared in the newspapers, while on the election- day, a video camera also captured Baghel distributing money once again.
Baghel went as far as breaking the camera and bashing the cameraman.BJP MLA Neena Verma ( Dhar), whose election to the Assembly in 2008 was nullified by the High Court on August 14, 2013, saw two petitions filed against her— one by her rival Balmukund Gautam and other by Suresh Chandra Bhandari.
Gautam accused Neena of using unfair means and tampering EVMs.In the other petition against her, Suresh Chandra Bhandari accused her of concealing information about her family background, assets and liabilities in her nomination papers and affidavit.