Bhubaneswar: In a major relief to Congress veteran Jogesh Singh, the Supreme Court today stayed an order of the Orissa High Court which had on January 30 declared the election of Singh, Congress MLA from Sundargarh Assembly constituency, invalid.
With the SC’s stay order, Singh will continue as the MLA of Sundergarh.
Sources said former Union Law Minister and senior lawyer Kapil Sibal and Pitambar Acharya argued before a bench comprising Justice AK Sikri and Ashok Bhusan on behalf of Jogesh Singh.
On January 30, the Orissa High Court disqualified Congress MLA from Sundergarh Jogesh Singh for submitting fake caste certificate during the 2014 general election.
Defeated BJP candidate Sahadev Xaxa and Ajay Patel, a voter of the constituency, had filed the petitions in the HC seeking disqualification of the MLA.
The Sundargarh Assembly seat is reserved for scheduled tribe candidates. But, the petitions had alleged that Singh had submitted a fake caste certificate along with his nomination papers during the Assembly election in 2014.
It was alleged that Singh managed to get a false scheduled tribe certificate showing his caste as Bhuyan solely on the basis of land patta and submitted such false caste certificate along with his nomination paper to the Election Commission of India (ECI).
Challenging Singh’s victory, defeated BJP candidate Sahadev Xaxa and one Ajay Patel, a voter of the constituency, had filed the petitions in the HC seeking disqualification of the MLA.