Electoral code of conduct violated- Ex-Mayor of the city convicted for 2 months

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Mangalore, September 9: Mr Abdul Aziz, a former mayor of the city was convicted to two months of custody and levied a fine of Rs 10,000 relating to a case of violating election code of conduct. Aziz was convicted by the third junior magistrate (first class) court here through a judgment passed on Monday September 8th.

Undi Manjula Shivappa, Judge of the court, also ordered that the convict will undergo an additional month of imprisonment in case he fails to pay the fine.

Assistant election officer, Pravinchandra Karkera, had filed a complaint that Aziz was found to be canvassing for votes at Padavu labour colony in the city by placing election-related materials in his car on May 6th, 2008; when election code of conduct was in operation because of assembly election. Aziz was found to have conducted electioneering without obtaining prior permission from the electoral officer as required.

The car was found to have piles of pamphlets with the photographs of the national president of Congress party, the then candidate from that party. Printed copies of the manifesto issued by Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee were also found from inside the car, Karkera had said.

The rural police sub-inspector (crime), Bharati, had investigated the case on the basis of the complaint and charge sheet was filed in the court. The case had been presented by Mohan Kumar, the Assistant public prosecutor who took part in the hearing on behalf of the petitioner.

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