The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday dismissed the preliminary objections raised by Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP from Khadoor Sahib, on an election petition.
The high court bench of justice Rameshwar Singh Malik had reserved the order on March 30 to decide the legal point whether the petition could be heard further. The detailed order is awaited.
Brahmpura, responding to allegations, had submitted that they were baseless and that expenses incurred by him were duly filed before officers concerned; and that he had not come up with advertisements by using religious symbols.
Petitioner’s counsel, Surjit Singh Swaich, said petitioner Harminder Singh, a Tarn Taran resident, had approached the high court in July 2014 alleging that the SAD leader had got issued election advertisements on TV channels using the sacred religious symbols of Sikh religion, including pictures of the Golden Temple, etc, to woo voters. It was also alleged that Brahmpura had also indulged in corrupt practices of not filing the correct account of election expenses before the district election officer.