Friday, August 3, 2012

Supreme Court Sets Aside Patna HC's Decision

New Delhi: In a victory for the former Janata Dal-U MP Mangani Lal Mandal, the Supreme Court on Wednesday set aside a Patna High Court order quashing his election from Jhanjharpur constituency after it was discovered Mandal had failed to disclose his first wife's assets while filing his nomination papers.
"The High Court failed to clarify how the non-disclosure of his wife's property impacted the election results," the Supreme Court bench comprising Justice R. M. Lodha and Justice S. J. Mukhopadhyaya said.
As reported previously, the Patna High Court on November 25, 2011 had set aside Mandal's election following a petition filed by one Vishnudeo Bhandari.
Bhandari, in his petition, had claimed that the former JD-U leader who later walked out of the party only to join hand with Upendra Kushwaha's Bihar Navnirman Manch had failed to disclose his first wife's property in 2009 Parliamentary elections.
The Supreme Court also imposed a fine of Rs. 1 lakh on Bhandari to cover court fees and other expenses.

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