LAHORE - The Lahore High Court Wednesday deferred till April 14 hearing of a petition challenging the success of Federal Minister Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo in the 2008 elections from NA-146 Okara-V. Petitioner Rao Ajmal Khan, rival candidate of Manzoor Watto from NA-146, moved the LHC for inspection and recounting of 5,686 rejected votes of the constituency due to which Wattoo won the elections. The applicant alleged that Manzoor Wattoo won the election by tempering of votes and rigging in connivance of presiding officers and returning officer of the constituency. On March 17, the last date of hearing, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Choudhry issued notice to Manzoor Wattoo for March 31 on a CM application into the main petition for inspection and recounting of 5,686 votes. The presiding officer (PO) and returning officer (RO) of the said constituency allegedly rejected the votes to benefit Mr Wattoo who won the election with a narrow margin. The petitioners counsel Ahsan Naveed Farooqi advocate submitted that his client Rao Ajmal Khan secured 46,006 votes while respondent was declared as returned candidate (successful) with 46,942 votes. The narrow margin of the success of Wattoo gives a sufficient reason for inspections of 5,686 discarded votes. The proceedings in the election commission tribunal are still continue in the case and Wattoo will appear before the tribunal on April 3 as the per the LHC order for recording statements of the witnesses on the question of alleged rigging and tempering in the polling results of his constituency. The petitioner pleaded that he had given an application to the returning officer for recounting of the rejected votes but he rejected his application on without valid reasons only to benefit the respondent. Further proceedings at LHC will start on April 14.