The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday dismissed a “frivolous luxury litigation” made by an elected independent candidate concerning the dispute of municipality elections of Dakor with costs payable to the CM’s Covid-19 relief fund.
Initially imposed to Rs 1 Lakh, the cost was reduced to Rs 50,000 at the request of the advocate representing the petitioner. The cost was reduced with a condition that the litigant paid the amount voluntarily.
The case is related to the 2018 elections of the Dakor municipality where 28 members were elected. 17 of the elected, contested the election as independents and 11 as BJP candidates.
After seven BJP candidates voted for an independent candidate, violating the mandate, the proceedings were initiated against them under the provisions of the Defection Act 1986. The disqualification order was issued in September, last year – which was upheld by the Supreme Court of India.