Bigamy petition against Kumaraswamy dismissed

The K`taka HC dismissed a writ petition, seeking a direction to LS Speaker to disqualify Kumaraswamy from membership of Parliament.

Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court on Monday
dismissed a writ petition, seeking a direction to the Lok Sabha
Speaker to disqualify JDS state President HD Kumaraswamy from
membership of Parliament for allegedly committing bigamy.

The division bench headed by Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen
dismissed the petition filed by city-based advocate
Sashidhar Belagumba on the grounds of lack of proof.

Belagumba had filed the petition in the High Court in 2011,
charging Kumaraswamy with going in for a second marriage to
Kannada actress Radhika.He contended that the JD(S) leader, a
Lok Sabha member, ought to be disqualified from Parliament
membership as he has committed a `crime` by marrying again
while his first wife Anitha is alive.

The petitioner referred to Section 494 of IPC (marrying
again during lifetime of husband or wife) and to Radhika?s
admission in the press and its confirmation by Kumaraswamy.

The JD(S) leader had also confirmed fathering a child with
Radhika, according to the petition, which said Kumaraswamy is
prohibited from bigamy as he is a Hindu.

The petitioner however had stated that he was not seeking
any prosecution of the JD (S) leader.

"Every Indian citizen should be treated equally and the law
of the land uniformly applied to everyone as enunciated in
Article 14 of the Constitution," the petitioner had said.