The Punjab and Haryana high court has framed issues in the disqualification plea against Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) member of Parliament from Ferozepur Sher Singh Ghubaya.
The arguments in the case would start on the next date of hearing, January 7.
In all, eight issues have been framed before the court of justice Jitendra Chauhan, including the main ones related to expenditure and using religious symbols during electioneering.
Bhupinder Singh, a resident of Malout (Muktsar), had approached the court seeking Ghubaya’s disqualification on the grounds of issuing election advertisements on television channels seeking votes in the name of religion and not declaring the exact amount spent on advertisements and election rallies.
The petitioner had alleged that Ghubaya released the advertisements by using religious symbols, Sikh religious places and the national flag to appeal to Sikh voters of Ferozepur parliamentary constituency to vote for him in the name of religion. As per the allegations, advertisements were aired on some TV channels repeatedly during the election campaign, right from the filing of nomination papers on April 7 till the end of the campaign on April 28 for this year’s Lok Sabha elections.