His candidature was challenged by the state unit of Congress, citing his failure to file his income tax returns for four years since 2014-2015.
Fearing rejection of his nomination, Brigadier Khushal Thakur (retired), a decorated officer who played a crucial role in the 1999 Kargil war, on Friday filed nomination papers as the substitute candidate for him.
"We had sought a report from the Income Tax Department and its Commissioner in a report informed us that there is no discrepancy in his income tax returns," District Returning Officer Rugved Thakur told reporters in Mandi.
Sharma, 60, on April 24 filed his nomination papers for a second term from Mandi.
He said the reason cited by the MP in his application that he could not file his returns due to his engagements as a public servant is highly irresponsible.
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