The State Election Commission will submit a report on the row over the education qualification of Minister PK Jayalakshmi, who is seeking a relection from Mananthavadi constituency on a Congress ticket. The commission had received a complaint that Jayalakshmi had submitted false affidavit in the 2011 election.
The Central Election Commission will take a final decision on the matter after considering the report. If the complaint were found valid, the minister would face disqualification from contesting for three years along with legal proceedings.
Four years back, K B Jeevan, a resident of Batheri, had approached the Commission pointing out that the claim that Jayalakshmi had a BA degree was false. when a decision on the complaint got delayed, he approached the High Court last month. The court, in turn, sought a response from the Election Commission to the complaint.
Jayalakshmi, the youngest minister in the Oommen Chandy ministry, corrected her affidavit this time.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 7:00 PM