Indian-American Disqualified From Congressional Poll
NEW YORK: An Indian-American Republican candidate has been disqualified from contesting Congressional election by a California court, even as it cleared another candidate from the community to contest the polls.
The candidature of Vinesh Singh Rathore was cancelled by Sacramento County Superior Court judge Allen Sumner on Wednesday after he found irregularities in his nominating petition.
The court found that several signatures on Rathore's petition were in the same handwriting. Without those signatures, Rathore did not meet the 40-signature minimum and thus cannot appear on the ballot, reported San Jose Mercury News.
Rathore, 35, a Google product attorney, however, insisted that all those who signed his nomination papers were legitimate voters.
"Judge Sumner ruled to remove me from the ballot because there were instances where a husband filled out his wife's name and address on the nomination papers (though both signed on their own behalf)," he said in an e-mail to San Jose Mercury News.
"I would have gladly produced signed affidavits from my signatories supporting my candidacy, but I was literally given a few hours notice to respond to the complaint. So much for due process," the e-mail stated.
The judge also cancelled a lawsuit against another Indian-American Democratic challenger Ro Khanna.
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