The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking disqualification of Avtar Singh Bhadana as the member of Parliament (MP) from Faridabad.
It was alleged that Bhadana was guilty of suppressing facts about his second wife while contesting elections in 2009.
The division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Augustine George Masih also slapped a fine of Rs. 20,000 on the petitioner, a Faridabad resident, Devinder Bhadana. The decision came after the court noticed that the platform of the PIL was being misused. The Faridabad MP's counsel had informed the court that the petitioner was a political rival of Avtar Singh Bhadana and had also contested the elections against him.
Avtar Singh Bhadana, in his reply, submitted that he was married to Mamta Bhadana on April 29, 1985, and has two children. However, he was never married to Bimla Bhadana and it was just because of political rivalry that the petition was filed to defame him, it was submitted.
The detailed court orders in the case are yet to be released.
The petitioner had informed the court that on April 17, 2009, Congress MP Avtar Singh Bhadana had filed an affidavit before the returning officer of elections for the Lok Sabha and had revealed only about one of his two spouses, Mamta Bhadana. However, the petitioner alleged that at the same time he stood already married to Bimla Bhadana also and had thus committed offence under Section 494 (marrying again during lifetime of husband or wife) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The petitioner had also informed the court that in 2003, Bimla Bhadana had purchased a scooter and in all registration documents, she had been mentioned as wife of Avtar Singh Bhadana and the resident of the same address where the MP resides.