Pathanamthitta: NDA candidate K Surendran holds the record of being named in highest number of criminal cases among the candidates for Lok Sabha elections. A total of 240 criminal cases are charged against him. The fact was revealed by the candidate himself through a four-page advertisement in BJP mouthpice ‘Janmabhoomi’.
Janmabhoomi daily on April 18 published the criminal records of Surendran. The advertisement revealed that Surendran who is contesting from Pathanamthitta is booked in criminal cases in most of the districts.
Meanwhile, majority of the cases are related to Sabarimala protest over women entry. Murder attempt, destruction of public property, obstructing officials from performing duty, blocking traffic and defamation are the offences charged against him.
Highest number of cases are registered against him in Kollam district. He is booked under 68 cases here. Meanwhile, 56 cases are recorded in Alappuzha and 38 cases in Pathanamthitta and Kasaragod. Cases in other districts are recorded as Idukki-17, Ernakulam -13, Kottayam -8, Thiruvananthapuram – 3 and Kozhikode -2. At the same time, northern districts Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur recorded one case each against Surendran.
The Election Commission of India has made it mandatory for all candidates with criminal antecedents to float advertisements thrice in print and electronic media so that the voter gets to know all the details before the polling day.
Hence, sources revealed that as being named in over 200 cases, Surendran has to spent at least Rs 60 lakh for the advertisements. BJP has requested the Election Commission to exclude the expenditure on advertisement of criminal records while assessing the expenditure of the candidate. But the commission has not taken a decision on it.
As per the rule, a candidate is not allowed to spend more than Rs 75 lakh for election campaign. So, if Surendran spent Rs 60 lakh for publication of criminal records, only Rs 15 lakh will remain for his poll campaign. Candidates of who are in the fray against Surendran can file petition against him if he exceeds the allowed amount for election expenditure.