The Returning Officer (RO) of Hassan constituency has been directed to probe a complaint that accuses JD(S) candidate Prajwal Revanna of concealing information related to his commercial property in his affidavit filed along with the nomination papers.
In a letter sent earlier this week, Assistant Chief Electoral Officer H.M. Raghavendra conveyed to the RO, Priyanka Mary Francis, “If DEO/RO on inquiry finds that the contesting candidate has concealed any information and/or filed false affidavit, then DEO/RO can initiate action as per provisions of Section 125A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.”
The letter also states that the Act prescribes a penalty for filing a false affidavit. The grievances redressal cell of the CEO office, in another letter, directed Deputy Commissioner Ms. Francis to respond to the complaint filed against Prajwal Revanna before 3 pm on May 17.
- Devaraje Gowda, advocate associated with the Congress, had filed a complaint with the Election Commission alleging that Prajwal Revanna had concealed information about his commercial property in Holenarsipur in his affidavit. While the candidate mentions it as a vacant site gifted by his father, PWD Minister H D Revanna, he did not list it as a commercial property, though he along with his brother owned a marriage hall built on the site.
The complaint was filed on April 26. The RO had issued a notice to the candidate and sought a response, which was later filed by the candidate’s election agent. The candidate claimed that he had mentioned the marriage hall in a different section of the affidavit. The DC also got a report from the Town Municipal Council of Holenarsipur on the existence of the marriage hall.
When Ms. Francis was contacted, she said the matter was under inquiry and she would not comment at this stage.
Poll officials deleted video clip: Manju
Hassan Lok Sabha constituency BJP candidate A Manju has alleged that lower-rank officials on election duty worked in favour of Public Works Minister H D Revanna and deleted the video clip related to the seizure of cash from the Minister’s escort vehicle ahead of the election.
He told presspersons that the squad meant for monitoring effective implementation of the model code of conduct had seized cash from the vehicle.
“Though the cash seized was huge, the officers showed only Rs. 1.2 lakh on the record. The incident is being probed by the Election Commission”, he alleged.
The BJP candidate alleged that officers in support of the JD(S) leaders deleted the video clip stored in a computer.
Regarding the complaint filed against the JD(S) candidate accusing him of concealing information in his affidavit, Manju said he was sure that the probe would find the candidate guilty of not furnishing relevant information in his affidavit.