Kochi: The Kerala High Court single bench has disqualified Koduvally MLA Karat Razak. He is an LDF-backed independent MLA. The court ruling comes on a petition filed by Koduvally voter KP Muhammed.
The petition alleged that Razak had circulated videos aimed at defaming his opponent IUML’s MA Razak during the poll campaign. Karat Razak had in 2016 defeated Razak by 583 votes in the UDF bastion.
HC division bench stayed the single bench’s order for 30 days
However, the HC division bench stayed the single bench’s order for 30 days after Razak sought time to file an appeal in the Supreme Court.
The HC said that while Razak can take part in Kerala Assembly session, he cannot vote or avail salary or other benefits. He is the second Kerala MLA to be disqualified in three months.