HC postpones reserved verdict in Prithiviraj case

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IMPHAL, April 16:The High Court of Manipur has today postponed announcing the reserved verdict pertaining to the case lodged against parliamentary secretary YAS and Tourism, Mairenbam Prithiviraj, on charges of submitting false affidavit.

The reserved verdict was on the question of inclusion of Returning Officer of Moirang and Election Commission of India as a party of respondents in the case.

While the hearing did not made to today’s cause list, the exact date is likely to be available on the cause list of April 19, 2014, sources said.

It may be noted that a petition was lodged against the Parliamentary secretary, by Pukhrem Saratchandra Singh, a candidate during the 10th Manipur legislative Assembly Election 2012, in April 2012, with the then Guwahati High Court.

In the petition the petitioner challenged that the education qualification mentioned by Prithiviraj in his election affidavit as MBA student during the year 2003 and 2004 at Mysore University, submitted to the Returning officer of the time was false.

The same complaint was also forwarded to the Election Commission of India.

Subsequently, it was found that Prithiviraj was not a student of the Mysore University.

With regards to the complaint the Election Commission of India (ECI) as per the People’s Representative Act, 1951, intimated the Joint CEO Manipur, to take up disqualification proceedings against the MLA.

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