The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday ordered issue of notice to Karnataka Janata Paksha founder president Prasanna Kumar and others on a petition complaining that he had allegedly given false information about his father in the affidavit filed before the Election Commission (EC) while registering the party.

Justice S. Abdul Nazeer passed the order on the petition filed by G.R. Rajendra Prasad, son of late Hotte Paksha Rangaswamy, who had contested as an Independent candidate against prominent political personalities in the elections held to the State Assembly and Parliament.

The petition alleged that Mr. Kumar had informed the EC that he was the son of Nanjundappa Rangaswamy Hottepaksha though he was the son of a distant relative of the petitioner and had no way he could have used ‘Rangaswamy Hottepaksha’ along with his name.

The petitioner also alleged that the EC had not initiated any action based on his legal notice as any step taken against Mr. Kumar would affect the president of the KJP, B.S. Yeddyurappa.

The petitioner sought direction to the EC to initiate action against based on his complaint.

The court, while ordering issue of notices to the EC, Mr. Yeddyurappa and others, posted the petition for hearing along with a petition filed by Mr. Kumar questioning the EC’s decision recognising Mr. Yeddyurappa as KJP president.

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