Patna: Patna High Court on Friday set aside the
election of Mangani Lal Mandal, suspended JD(U) leader, from
Jhanjahrpur Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar in 2009.
Justice VN Singh declared Mandal`s election as ‘void’
after hearing a writ petition filed by a voter Vishnu Lal
Bhandari in his petition had alleged that Mandal had not
made full disclosures in the affidavits filed while seeking
election from Jhanjharpur in 2009, required under the
Representation of People`s Act (RPA).
"Mandal has failed to furnish the information about his
first wife and the property she has which is flagrant
violation of the RPA and therefore, his election be set
aside", the petitioner had argued.
In course of the hearing, the court found out that
Mandal had a first wife who also owns property.
"In the light of deposition of witnesses and the
established facts, the election is being declared void",
Justice Singh said.
Mandal was recently suspended from the JD(U) for his
alleged anti-party activities during the 2010 assembly