KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday asked petitioners to satisfy it about their entitlement to file a constitutional petition seeking disqualification of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) lawmaker Mukesh Kumar Chawala for using fake degrees and certificates to contest elections on reserved seats.
A division bench headed by Justice Munib Akhtar was seized with the hearing of petition filed by Muhammad Suleman and two others who cited as respondents secretary Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), provincial election commissioner, Mukesh Kumar Chawla, University of Sindh and others in fake degrees case.
The petitioners represented by advocate Abdul Salam claimed that Chawla’s matriculation, intermediate and BA certificates were fake and tampered with, adding that he contested the elections on reserved seat on bogus educational certificates.
They said that earlier in 2007, Malik Atta Mohammad and Sameul Xavier had challenged his nomination when he was given a ticket by the PPP but their election appeal was dismissed as they had no locus standi to file the appeal.
They said Chawala was elected on reserved seat again in 2013 on bogus certificates and degree and that fact was ignored by ECP. They requested the court to direct Chawala to show how he qualifies to be member of provincial assembly in view of his fake and forged certificates and degrees.
The court was also pleaded to direct University of Sindh and Board of Intermediate Karachi to produce the educational record of Chawala.
When the petition came up for hearing on Wednesday, two-judge bench put some question to counsel for petitioners about their entitlement to file petition.
Responding to queries, counsel said that none of the petitioners was a candidate nor were they voters to contest the nomination of a lawmaker.
The bench, therefore, directed counsel for petitioner to assist the court in deciding their locus standi to file petition. Hearing of case was adjourned till August 11.
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