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High Court directs fresh polls to elect Corporator of BMC’s Ward No 18

 The Orissa High Court has directed for fresh election to the post of Corporator of Ward No 18 of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC).

The court declared the election of Sukanti Subudhi from the ward as null and void. The order came following a writ petition filed by Punam Parida challenging  Subudhi’s election to the post. Parida had earlier unsuccessfully contested the election from Ward 18 for the post of Corporator.

In 2014, Parida had challenged acceptance of Subudhi’s nomination paper before District Judge, Khurda alleging that there is complete difference between the candidate’s name in nomination paper and educational certificates that mentioned her name as Dhadi Jena. However, the District Judge had dismissed the petition. Parida then moved High Court over the order.

Subudhi had said that Dhadi was her nick name and as matter of ordinary practice, her parents had entered her nick name in school record.

However, she had not submitted any affidavit or other documents to justify the same. Interestingly, the educational certificates accompanying Subudhi’s nomination papers mentioned her year of passing as 1988 while an affidavit enclosing the transfer certificate described it as 1998. The High Court in its order said ‘the nomination paper was invalid and should have been rejected at the time of scrutiny itself.’


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