HC defers hearing on Mahto fate

Ranchi, June 28: The state high court deferred the date of argument on the point of maintainability of an election petition challenging the membership of former home minister Sudesh Mahto.
Amit Kumar, who had also contested the elections from the Silli constituency, has challenged Mahto’s candidature to the Assembly. Kumar had alleged that Mahto had tampered with the voting machines during the polling.
Mahto in his defence said that the case against him is not maintainable and should be dismissed immediately.
Mahto’s counsel informed the court that the matter had been taken up by the Supreme Court which, after going through the case, had observed that no allegations of corrupt practice against Mahto can be made out.
The court directed the parties to frame the issues after which the maintainability of the petition will be decided.


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