New Delhi: The Supreme Court today upheld the
election of Janata Dal (U) MP Mangani Lal Mandal, setting
aside the Patna High Court verdict unseating the Bihar
parliamentarian for not disclosing information about his first
wife and her property.
A bench headed by Justice R M Lodha also imposed a cost
of Rs one lakh on the voter, who had challenged Mandal`s
election, as he failed to convince the apex court that the
MP`s failure to disclose the information had "materially"
affected the election.
Mandal was elected to Parliament from Bihar`s Jhanjahrpur
Lok Sabha constituency in 2009 general polls, but his election
had been set aside by the high court on November 25 last year.
The High Court had declared Mandal`s election as void on
a writ petition by his constituency voter Vishnu Lal Bhandari.
Bhandari, in his petition, had alleged that Mandal had
failed to furnish the information about his first wife and the
property she has "which is flagrant violation of the
Representation of People`s Act."