The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday issued a notice of motion to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of Parliament (MP) from Hoshiarpur Vijay Sampla on an election petition seeking his 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.
Sampla has to file his reply to the high court by September 1 on a petition filed by Inderpal Singh of Hoshiarpur.
The petitioner has alleged that Sampla released the advertisements to the tune of Rs. 8 lakh by using religious symbols, Sikh religious places and the national flag to appeal to Sikh voters of Hoshiarpur 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 from April 7 to 28. It has been alleged that Sampla committed a corrupt practice as defined under Section 123 (3) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
It has also been alleged that Sampla failed to show the election expenditure to the tune of Rs. 74.07 lakh spent on the elections. The authorised expenditure on elections in a parliamentary constituency by each candidate is Rs. 70 lakh. In his election expenses account submitted before the district election officer, Hoshiarpur, Sampla has shown expenditure of Rs. 45.59 lakh. It was also submitted that in an election rally held on April 25 at Roshan Ground, Hoshiarpur, Sampla made an expenditure of Rs. 20.47 lakh but did not mention it in his expenses.