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Cuttack: A voter of Polsara assembly segment in Ganjam district has filed a writ petition in the Orissa High Court on Tuesday alleging false affidavit filed during election by the incumbent BJD MLA stating false educational qualification despite being not a matric pass out.
It is alleged that Polsara BJD MLA Srikant Sahu is not a matriculate but has stated in his affidavit matric pass during filing of his nomination papers in the 2014 general elections.
Informing media, Siddharth Prakash Das, advocate, Orissa High Court said, “Ganjam district Polsara assembly constituency voter Rohit Pradhan has filed a PIL in the hon’ble High Court that the Election Commission has not taken any action against his complaint. His allegation is that Polsara (BJD) MLA Srikant Sahu has in his nomination papers mentioned that he is matric pass. But the concerned high school headmaster in his RTI reply has stated that he is not matric pass.”
“As it is a fraud on the Constitution and the MLA has hoodwinked the people and has also won the election stating false educational qualification, his election should be declared void. The petitioner has already prayed in this regard before the Elcetion Commission. As the Election Commission has not acted yet on his complaint, my client has flled today a writ petition,” the High Court lawyer said.
On being queried why the petitioner took so much time to file such a case, his lawyer defended, “When he came to know that the people have been cheated and a fraud has been committed by the MLA, he has now prayed the High Court for justice.”
He also informed, “Election Commission of India, State Chief Electoral Officer, District Electoral Officer, the MLA and the high school headmaster have been made opposite parties in this writ petition.”
OMMCOM NEWS tried hard to collect Polsara MLA Srikant Sahu's reactions, but could not reach him over phone.
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