Vijayawada: A local court today summoned Andhra Pradesh Minister K Parthasarathy on a complaint alleging he concealed a vital piece of information while submitting affidavit during the 2009 Assembly elections. (Agencies)
The First Additional Metropolitan Magistrate asked the Secondary Education Minister to appear before it on October 29.
The complaint was lodged by Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) on instruction of the District Collector on September 28 seeking permission to prosecute the Congress leader for alleged violation of Representation of the People Act.
Enforcement Directorate had filed a case against Parthasarathy for alleged violation of Foreign Exchange Regulation Act in a Hyderabad Court. The case, in which the Court had awarded two-month jail term and imposed fine on the Minister a few months ago, had been pending since 1999. The lower court's order was later stayed by the Sessions Court.
According to the complaint, Parthasarathy did not mention about the pending FERA case while submitting his affidavit along with the nomination papers from Penamaluru Assembly constituency in the district in 2009.
This issue was brought to the notice of Election Commission (EC) by the District Collector. The poll panel then ordered the Collector to proceed legally against the Minister.
After hearing arguments of Government advocate and Parthasarathy’s counsel, the Magistrate issued summons to the Minister. Concealing facts in sworn affidavits court attract a jail term of up to six months or penalty, or both.
Vijayawada: A local court today summoned Andhra Pradesh Minister K Parthasarathy on a complaint alleging he concealed a vital piece of information while submitting affidavit during the 2009 Assembly elections.