UP officials fear to serve legal notice to Dimple

Her election to Lok Sabha is challenged in court

 With the officials scared of serving the legal notice issued by the Allahabad High Court on a petition challenging the election of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple Yadav to Lok Sabha, the court has now directed that the notice be pasted at her residence.

The HC on Monday directed the Etawah district court to either serve the notice by hand immediately or get it pasted at her residence in Saifai.

The election of Dimple Yadav from Kannauj Lok Sabha seat has been challenged by Prabhat Kumar Pandey, who alleged that he was kidnapped while on the way to file his nomination papers.

Dimple had been elected unopposed from the seat. The Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party did not field any candidate, while the Bharatiya Janata Party’s nominee failed to file his nomination within the stipulated time.

He claimed that the Samajwadi Party workers had kidnapped him and so he could not contest. He also contended that the district officials did not help him even after being informed about the incident.

The court had issued notices to Dimple in September last seeking her response and had fixed November five for hearing of the matter.

When the matter came up for hearing on Monday, the petitioner alleged that the officials had failed to serve the notice as they were reluctant. As the notice could not be delivered, there was no response from here.

The petitioner has sought that the election of Dimple be set aside under the Representation of Peoples’ Act.

He has also sought action against the district magistrate of Kannauj for failing to come to his aid. The matter will now come up for hearing on November 22.

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