‘Bogus voting’ in Khanyar; Police will file status report on Feb 14

KL Report

SRINAGAR

In compliance with the Court directions, Police will file a detailed status report before the Chief Judicial Magistrate about the alleged, ‘bogus voting’  in Khanyar Assembly segment on Feb 14 (Saturday).

Pertinently, Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar, after acting on a complaint filed by PDP losing candidate Muhammad Khurshid Alam, had directed Station House Officer Khanyar 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.

Talking to CNS, Station House Officer Nisar Ahmed said that soon after getting directions from the Honorable Court, the police started an inquiry into the matter and prepared a report therafter.

“We have been inquring the allegations and will submit a status report before the court on Saturday,” he said.

Muhammad Khursheed Aalam, PDP candidate from Khanyar who lost recent assembly election to NC candidate Ali Muhammad Sagar, has submitted a petition before the CJM, praying that bogus voters were used to cast their votes during the recently held polls.

The petitioner has stated that he informed Chief Election Observer regarding the inaction of DEO Srinagar on the registered complaint in writing on 02-12-2014 informing him that formally a complaint was lodged with the DEO on 17-11-2014 along with documentary proof regarding the grave discrepancies in the voter lists of Khanyar constituency. “But despite assurance no action warranted under law was taken by DEO Srinagar just to pave way for the victory of NC candidate Ali Muhammad Sagar through Illegal and fraudulent acts of bogus voters,” he pleaded.

Referring to the documentary evidence collected in support of his claim, the petitioner pleads, “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 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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