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High Court Freezes Guilty Verdict of Lakshadweep MP Mohammad Faisal

Web Desk (Tvm)Updated: Wednesday Jan 25, 2023

Kochi : The High Court has frozen the guilty verdict against Lakshadweep MP Muhammad Faisal delivered by the Kavaratti  Sessions Court, that sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

The High Court stay comes over Faisal’s plea to overturn the guilty verdict.  The HC ruling brings relief to 4 others, also  sentenced along with the MP. All men  currently lodged in Kannur jail and will not be released on immediate basis.  The Stay  was pronounced by Bench headed by Bechu Kurian Thomas.

Furious and fast:
The Centre hurriedly announced bypoll in the constituency, without bothering to wait for oucome of the Appeal Faisal filed with the High Court against his native court conviction.

The NCC MP Mohammad Faisal was sentenced to imprisonment by the Kavarathi Sessions Court over incidents  that occurred during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

On January 11, the Sessions Court sentenced Faisal and others to 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of  of rs 1 lakh each. Two days later, , on the 13th, the Lok Sabha Secretary General Secretary disqualified  Faisal as MP. The Election Commission picked on the speed game and declared byelections on the  18th.

The Case
A Congress worker Mohammed Salih sustained serious injuries during conflict that broke during elections. There  were 32 accused in the case of whom the first four were sentenced guilty and imprisoned.

The Supreme Court will consider the writ petition filed by Muhammad Faisal against  the Election Commission notification  announcing the Lok Sabha by-election  on the 27th.