‘Bogus voting in Khanyar’; Case listed for hearing on Feb 21

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Police Saturday informed that it could not file its status report with regard to ‘bogus voting’ case in Khanyar Assembly segment as the Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar Virendar Singh Bahu had proceeded on leave to visit his native place.

Pertinently, Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar, after acting on a complaint filed by People’s Democratic Party losing candidate Muhammad Khurshid Alam, had directed Station House Officer Khanyar Nisar Ahmed to investigate into alleged bogus voting in Khanyar constituency during the recently held assembly elections and submit a report before it by or before February 14.

The counsel for the petitioner Advocate MA Shah informed that the proceedings could not take place as the CJM Srinagar had proceeded on leave. He said case was listed but the prosecution pleaded for the adjournment while police also sought adjournment through prosecution. “Police informed the routine authority that the allegations are grave and it will take time to prepare a status report,” he said adding that the case has been listed for next hearing on February 21.

It is worth to mention that PDP petitioner while referring to the documentary evidence collected in support of his claim, has pleaded before the Court that, “It is abundantly clear that there has been multiple entry of voters of 261+78 = 339, expired voters 97, non-existing voters 1381 and non-resident voters 2 besides as per the lists furnished by the BLOs. The number of such voters is 30+63+23+6+3+2 = 127. Thus the total number of such bogus voters is 339+97+1381+2+127=1946.”

The petitioner submitted that  NC candidate Sagar was declared successful by 1167 votes and the result would have been quite reverse had bogus voters been deleted and the requisite correction in electoral rolls been ordered in time.

“Sagar, the DEO and their other collaborators besides having committed the penal offences have violated the provisions of J&K Representation of People Act 1957 and other Election Laws for which they are accountable and punishable besides declaring the election of Sagar null and void,” submits the petitioner, praying for fresh elections in the Assembly constituency.

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