Dehradun : The Uttarak hand high court on Wednesday day agreed to hear a plea challenging the election of Khanpur independent MLA Umesh Kumar Sharma in the state polls held earlier this year.
Sharma is known for having conducted a sting operation on former chief minister Harish Rawat, which later toppled the last Congress government in Uttarakhand.
A resident of Laksar, Virendra Kumar, has filed an election petition against Sharma, alleging he concealed several facts while filing his nomination. Sharma dismissed the claims and said the allegations against him had ” nothing substantial “. The court rejected the MLA’s plea and fixed the next hearing of the case on November 29.
The petitioner said that 29 criminal cases were registered against the MLA and produced a list of them at the court. He said Sharma had declared only 16 cases in an affidavit submitted along with his nomination papers.
The petitioner also claimed that Sharma distributed money to voters before the polls.
After hearing arguments from both sides, the single bench of justice Ravindra Maithani accepted the election petition and agreed to hear it