Cuttack: The Orissa High Court on Friday framed as many as nine issues for trial in relation to an election petition made by Congress leader Sarat Kumar Rout who had challenged the 2009 election of BJD leader Prafulla Chandra Ghadai from Sukinda Assembly constituency in Jajpur district.
Rout had lost to Ghadei by a thin margin of 2,403 votes and had filed the election petition.
After submission of material prepositions of facts by the contesting parties as per the provisions of Civil Procedure Code (CPC), a single-judge bench of Justice Indrajeet Mahanty framed the issues and ordered the hearing to commence from August 31.
Earlier Ghadai had filed petitions, regarding the deletion of some portions from Rout’s petition, relating to certain allegations before it is taken up for hearing. But it was rejected twice.
Among the issues that have been framed for the trial include double entries of names of as many as 5,000 voters in the electoral roll of the constituency, registration of votes of 3,000 voters twice within the constituency in favour of BJD and double entries of names of voters in both Sukinda and Korei constituencies.
The petitioner had also questioned the acceptance of the nomination of BJP Dolagovinda Mahanta and had cited it as improper, as Mahanta had not submitted certain relevant affidavits during the time of filing his nomination papers. The petitioner had claimed that rejection of the nomination could have been decisive as all the 2,436 votes that Mahanta had got would have gone in favour of the Congress, in view of the break up in BJD-BJP alliance.
Source: 360 NS