Navjot Sidhu has been asked by the Supreme Court to face trial in a case in which his election in 2009 has been challenged by a rival candidate.
Mr Sidhu, 53, had appealed against the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s order asking him to face trial. In 2009, the cricketer-turned-politician won from Amritsar. He was in the BJP at the time.
Mr Sidhu’s Congress rival accused him of violating the poll expenditure limit of Rs.25 lakh. He also alleged that he had officers transferred.
Ahead of the election in Punjab early next year, Mr Sidhu has floated a new outfit, the Awaaz-e-Punjab.
He quit the BJP last month after going public with resentment that he had kept to himself after being asked in 2014 to give up Amritsar, his constituency of 10 years, to make way for senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley to contest.