Kerala HC disqualifies MP from IUML

The High Court of Kerala said Friday that a Muslim League MP from the Indian Union had been disqualified for claiming to have used religion to win the elections to the assembly in 2016.

Disqualifying KM Shaji, who had won the elections of the constituency of the Azhikode Assembly in 2016, for six years, Judge PD Rajan asked the President of the Kerala Assembly and the commission election to take appropriate measures.

The court ruled on a plea filed by LDF candidate Mr.V. Nikesh Kumar, who challenged the elections against Mr. Shaji.

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

In his petition, Mr. Kumar alleged that Mr. Shaji won the victory by a margin of 2,287 votes using corrupt practices.

He accused Mr. Shaji of violating the standards prescribed by various articles of the law on the representation of the people to win the elections.

Mr. Kumar alleged that Mr. Shaji, who belongs to the Muslim community, his agents and others, called on voters to vote for the UDF candidate on the grounds of his religion. He also said that leaflets had been distributed in the constituency, urging citizens not to vote for a candidate who did not believe in the Islamic religion.

IUML stated that it would make a decision on filing an appeal after receiving a copy of the judgment.