Patna: The Patna High Court on Friday set aside the election of suspended Janata Dal (United) MP Mangani Lal Mandal from Jhanjahrpur Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar in 2009 for not furnishing his full details in the election affidavits.

Justice VN Singh declared Mandal's election as void after hearing an election petition filed by a voter Vishnu Lal Bhandari.

Bhandari in his petition had alleged that Mandal had not made full disclosures in the affidavits filed while seeking election from Jhanjharpur in 2009, required under the Representation of People's Act (RPA).

Bhandari said, “Mandal has failed to furnish the information about his first wife and the property she has, which is flagrant violation of the RPA and therefore, his election be set aside.”

“In the light of deposition of witnesses and the established facts, the election is being declared void,” Justice Singh said.

It is worth mentioning that Mandal was recently suspended from the JD (U) for his alleged anti-party activities during the 2010 assembly elections.

JPN/Bureau