The Punjab and Haryana high court has issued a notice to the district electoral officer, Amritsar, on a petition filed by local bodies minister Anil Joshi, challenging the validity of the proceedings pending before the chief judicial magistrate about the alleged dual vote controversy.
The single judge bench of justice Hari Pal Verma has issued the notice for July 10 on the petition wherein besides Joshi, his brother Vijay Joshi and five other members of the family are also petitioners.
The high court has also directed the trial court to adjourn the case, which is fixed for July 9, to any date after the date fixed by the court for hearing in the case. The high will hear the case on July 10.
Senior advocate Satya Pal Jain said the petitioners had submitted that on February 24, a criminal complaint was filed by the election department, Amritsar, against Anil Joshi and other petitioners saying he and his family members were enrolled as voter twice in Amritsar in 2007-08 and were guilty of offences under Sections 17 and 31 of the Representation of People's Act. The petitioners were summoned by the trial court on February 24, 2014, without recording any evidence and reasons, Jain added.
The petitioners have termed the proceedings "abuse of law" and argued that these were "illegal, without jurisdiction and application of mind" and liable to be quashed.