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New Delhi Correspondent
A High Court in India on Friday disqualified an Indian Union Muslim League legislator on a plea claiming that he used religion to win the assembly polls in 2016.
Disqualifying K M Shaji, who had won the elections from Azhikode Assembly constituency in the southern state of Kerala in 2016, for six years, Justice P D Rajan of the state’s High Court directed the Kerala Assembly Speaker and the Election Commission to take appropriate action.
The court gave the judgement on a plea filed by Left Democratic Front candidate M V Nikesh Kumar who contested the election against Shaji. The IUML is a partner of the Congress-led opposition United Democratic Front in the state.
In his petition, Nikesh Kumar had alleged that an appeal was made to voters by Shaji, who belongs to the Muslim community, his agents and other persons to vote for the UDF candidate on grounds of his religion.
Kumar had also charged that pamphlets were circulated in the constituency urging people not to vote for a candidate who is not a believer of the Islamic faith.

Kumar alleged that Shaji secured a win by a margin of 2,287 votes using corrupt practices. He accused Shaji of having violated norms prescribed under various sections of the Representation of the People Act to win the elections.

The IUML said it will take a decision on filing an appeal after getting a copy of the High Court judgement.