New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India stayed the Kerala High Court verdict disqualifying LDF-backed independent candidate Karat Razak who was elected as Koduvally MLA.
Staying the verdict, the apex court allowed Razak to attend the assembly meet. At the same time, the court restricted him from taking part in voting in the assembly and warned him not to receive any emoluments as an MLA.
Reacting to this, Razak said he is happy to hear the apex court’s verdict.
The Kerala High Court On January 17 set aside the election of Karat Razak from Koduvally Assembly constituency in Kozhikode district in 2016, for indulging in corrupt practices.
The Court, however, granted conditional stay to its order considering Karat's plea seeking time to file an appeal in the Supreme Court.
In their petition to the High Court, 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 IUML candidate MA Razak.
The High Court found that evidence on record proved that the election was vitiated by corrupt practices.
(With added inputs from PTI)