Gujarat High Court on Friday admitted the petition of former Union Textile Minister Shankersinh Vaghela, who lost Lok Sabha elections from Panchmahal constituency, challenging the poll result.
Justice B N Mehta hearing the petition also issued notices to BJP candidate Prabhatsinh Chauhan who won the election, and other candidates who contested from Panchmahal Lok Sabha seat.
The Court also directed the returning officer of Panchmahal constituency to maintain status quo with regard to the election related documents liked CDs of speeches by contestants and other materials. Hearing on the matter has been posted for September 1.
Vaghela, who lost election by 2081 votes, citing numerous instances in his petition, has demanded that election of Chauhan to Lok Sabha should be declared null and void and fresh elections be conducted for the seat.
Lawyers Kirtikant Nanavati and Jitendra Malkhan representing Vaghela submitted that during the election campaign Chauhan had resorted to corrupt practices by inciting people on communal lines.
Nanavati submitted that they have asked the returning officer to provide them with all the video recordings done by the election commission of the meeting addressed by Chauhan, but have received only 200 out of the 1000 CDs.