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HC asks EC, state, Centre to explain Bihar poll malpractice

The Patna High Court has asked the EC and the union and the state Government to explain the poll malpractices in Bihar.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Patna
PUBLISHED ON APR 27, 2004 09:10 PM IST

Expressing displeasure over reports of violence and irregularities during the Lok Sabha polling in Bihar, including an absconding and wanted MLA casting his vote, Patna High Court on Tuesday sought to know from the Election Commission, the union and state Government to explain the poll malpractices in the state.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Ravi S Dhavan and Justice Shashank Kumar Singh asked Home Commissioner BK Haldar, who was present during the hearing, to explain how absconding Lok Janshakti Party MLA from Mahnar, Rama Singh arrived at a booth at Mahnar under Hajipur Lok Sabha constituency with police security and cast his vote.

Rama Singh is wanted by the police of Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal in several criminal cases.

The court questioned whether or not the polling in the entire constituency, where an absconder voted, be countermanded.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by Janata Dal (United) nominee from Siwan, Om Prakash Yadav, who said in his petition that his RJD rival Mohammad Shahabuddin was currently resting in Siwan Sadar Hospital in judicial custody and even venturing out some times to run a full-fledged election campaign.

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