Kerala HC sets aside Karat Razak's election in 2016 assembly polls
Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Thursday set aside the election of Karat Razak from Koduvally Assembly constituency in Kozhikode district in 2016, for indulging in corrupt practices.
Justice K Abraham Mathew passed the order on a petition by two voters of the constituency, challenging the election of Karat, who contested as Left Democratic Front (LDF) backed independent candidate during the 2016 Assembly polls.
The Court, however, granted a conditional stay to its order considering Karat's plea seeking time to file an appeal in the Supreme Court.
The stay has been granted for 30 days subject to condition that Karat shall not receive any emoluments as an MLA and he cannot participate in voting in the Assembly.
He has been allowed to attend the Assembly proceedings during this period.
When there was a prayer to declare his nearest rival M A Razak as the elected candidate, the Court declined to accept it.
In their petition, K P Mohammed and Moitheen Kunji of the constituency alleged that Karat and his agents had screened a video clip across the constituency during the poll campaign, aiming to tarnish the image of M A Razak, an UDF candidate.