Legal action sought against him for filing `false affidavit' before polls
Similar petition to be submitted to the Returning Officer for Ramangaram Assembly constituencyCongress to continue demand for an inquiry into the BMIC projectChief Minister urged not to defy Supreme Court verdict Similar petition to be submitted to the Returning Officer for Ramangaram Assembly constituency
BANGALORE: The Congress on Wednesday submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission seeking action against Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy for allegedly filing a false affidavit along with his nomination papers for the elections to the Legislative Assembly held in 2004.
Led by former Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president M. Mallikarjun Kharge, and former Ministers H.K. Patil and R.V. Deshpande, legislators and other members of the party submitted a petition to the Chief Electoral Officer here seeking action against Mr. Kumaraswamy. The memorandum follows allegations that he owned a larger extent of land than that declared in the affidavit, and comes in the wake of the controversy over the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor project.
A similar petition will be submitted to the Returning Officer for the Ramangaram Assembly constituency, who had cleared Mr. Kumaraswamy's candidature and declared him elected.
The Congress cited press reports of the past two days, in which it was alleged that Mr. Kumaraswamy only declared ownership of 24 acres of land though he owned over 40 acres. It quoted the Chief Minister as saying that 46 acres of farmland owned by him was not located along the BMIC.
Liable for action
The Congress said this made it a false affidavit, and he was liable for action as per provisions of Section 33A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, along with Rule 4A of the Conduct of Election rules and directions and orders issued under Article 324 of the Constitution.