Odisha HC annuls Singh’s election as legislator; know more

petitioner had claimed that Singh contested from the reserved constituency

Odisha HC annuls Singh’s election as legislator; know more

In a major decision, the Odisha High Court ruled that election of Congress MLA from Sundargarh (ST) Assembly constituency Jogesh Chandra Singh is null and void.

In his ruling, the Justice B K Nayak annulled Singh’s election after finding discrepancies in his affidavits submitted during the time of filing his nomination papers.

It need be recalled that Singh had won the elections in 2014, polling over 41 per cent (66,138) votes and defeating his nearest opponent Kusum Tete of the BJD by a margin of 12,584 votes.

His election was challenged in the high court by BJP nominee Sahadev Xaxa, who had polled 27,935 votes in a nine- cornered contest.

The petitioner had claimed that Singh contested from the reserved constituency by submitting a fake caste certificate.

Meanwhile Singh said he would approach the Supreme Court after getting the copy of the order.

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