During the resumed hearing of the election petition on Wednesday, Khadoor Sahib MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura denied allegations of issuing television advertisements asking for votes on religious grounds, and not declaring the exact amount spent on advertisements.
In his reply to the Punjab and Haryana high court, Brahmpura said that neither he nor his election agent issued those advertisements. He added that his permission was also not taken before the issuing them.
The petitioners alleged that Lok Sabha candidate issued advertisements using religious symbols, Sikh religious places and the national flag to appeal to Sikh voters of their parliamentary constituencies.
It was alleged that those advertisements were aired starting right from the filing of nomination papers on April 7 till the end of the campaign on April 28.
The petition will come up for hearing on November 20.
Ad expenses not ‘concealed’
Brahmpura said that his expenditure was well within the prescribed limit of Rs 70 lakh.
The petitioners had submitted that Brahmpura had overshot the limit.