HC reserves verdict on election petition against Sonia

Last Updated: Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 22:39

Lucknow: The Allahabad high court Saturday
reserved its verdict on a petition challenging the election of
Congress president Sonia Gandhi from Rae Bareli.

The Lucknow Bench of the court comprising Justice Satish
Chandra passed this order on an election petition filed by a
voter and elector Rakesh Singh of Rae Bareli.

The petitioner raised the matter of Sonia Gandhi`s
citizenship as well as her name, as mentioned in the voters
list.

Ashok Pandey, the counsel of the petitioner told PTI
that only a citizen of India is eligible to be chosen as the
MP and questioned as to how a person who is not qualified to
be chosen as an MP has been elected from the petitioner`s
constituency.

The petitioner`s counsel stressed that citizenship by
birth cannot be set at par with those who have got it through
registration.

It was also alleged that in the voters list the name
mentioned is Sonia Gandhi, while her actual name is Antonia
Mino.

On the other hand, the additional solicitor general
Ashok Nigam strongly opposed the election petition.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 22:39

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