‘Khanyar Bogus voting’: Court directs petitioner to ensure presence of respondents

KL Report

SRINAGAR

The High Court Wednesday directed the petitioner to ensure the presence of respondents in the ‘Bogus voting’ case in Khanyar Constituency of Srinagar city.

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

The plaintiff in his petition had prayed that he had several times, via written pleas, asked the concerned authorities including the then Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar who was also District Election Officer to delete the wrong entries in the voting list, but despite his repeated pleas, the DEO did not act.

While taking note of the complaint, the CJM had directed SHO Khanyar to investigate the matter and register a case against all those involved in the issue, including the electoral officer, if allegations are found substantial. The CJM had also directed the police to submit its report on February 21.

Then District Election Officer and DC Srinagar Farooq Ahmed Shah who through his counsel had gone to High Court seeking intervention in terms of 560(1A) CrPc for quashment of proceedings in trial court.

The counsel for Khurshid Aalam, Muhammad Ashraf Shah informed CNS that only three respondent through their Counsels appeared before the court on Wednesday which included Khurshid Aalam, Station House Officer Khanyar and another individual. “No respondent from the petitioner (then DEO Srinagar) appeared before the court as a result the court directed the petitioner to ensure the presence of all the respondents on the next date of hearing,” he said.

He said that the Court provided 4 weeks time to the petitioner to make all the respondents available in the court.

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.”

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