SC dismisses plea challenging election of Rahul Gandhi from Kerala’s Wayanad

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A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian has also imposed costs of Rs 1 lakh on petitioner Saritha Nair for filing frivolous petition.

The Supreme Court on Monday, November 2, dismissed a petition challenging the election of former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi from Kerala's Wayanad constituency in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian has also imposed costs of Rs 1 lakh on petitioner Saritha Nair for filing frivolous petition.

Nair had moved the top court against the October 31, 2019 decision of the Kerala High Court by which her election petitions challenging the Lok Sabha polls in Wayanad and Ernakulam also were dismissed on account of her conviction and sentencing in two criminal cases related to the Solar scam.

She had challenged the rejection of her nomination papers saying that the sentences in the cases were suspended by the appellate court. However, the high court said it was not enough as her conviction in the case was not suspended.

Saritha was convicted in the solar scam with the Perumbavoor first class magistrate court sentencing her to three years imprisonment and imposing a penalty of Rs 10,000. In another case, the Pathanamthitta judicial first class magistrate court imposed a fine of Rs 45 lakh fine on her.

Gandhi had won Kerala's Wayanad seat -- the second seat he contested in the 2019 polls -- with a record margin of 431,770 votes. He defeated his nearest rival P P Suneer of the Communist Party of India who secured 274,597 votes, while Gandhi got 706,367 votes (with inputs from agencies)

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