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Kerala HC disqualifies IUML MLA

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

The High Court Friday disqualified an Indian Union MLA on a plea claiming that he used religion to win the Assembly polls in 2016.

Disqualifying K M Shaji, who had won the elections from constituency in 2016, for six years, Justice P D Rajan directed the Assembly and the to take appropriate action.

The court gave the judgement on a plea filed by LDF candidate M V Nikesh Kumar, who contested the election against Shaji.

IUML is a of the Congress-led opposition UDF in the state.

In his petition, alleged that Shaji secured a win by a margin of 2,287 votes using corrupt practices.

He accused Shaji of having violated norms prescribed under various sections of the Representation of the People Act to win the elections.

Nikesh had alleged that an appeal was made to voters by Shaji, who belongs to the Muslim community, his agents and other persons to vote for the UDF candidate on grounds of his religion.

He had also charged that pamphlets were circulated in the constituency urging people not to vote for a candidate who is not a believer of the Islamic faith.

IUML said it will take a decision on filing an appeal after getting the judgement copy.

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 12:45 IST