Bhubaneswar: In a significant development, the Supreme Court of India today served notices to Hinjili MLA and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Election Commission of India in connection with a petition seeking transfer of the case pertaining to alleged discrepancies in the former’s affidavit on poll expenses from Orissa High Court to Delhi High Court.
The Supreme Court while admitting a petition by rights activist Subash Mohapatra seeking transfer of his case against Patnaik on alleged discrepancies in poll expenses also served notices to the District Magistrate and District Electoral Officer.
The apex court has directed the respondents to file their replies within three weeks.
Apprehending that the case might get influenced Mohapatra had petitioned the apex court seeking its transfer from Orissa High Court to Delhi High Court.
“The Supreme Court has admitted our petition on the transfer of the case from Orissa High Court to Delhi High Court. The apex court has served notices to all the respondents including Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Election Commission of India to reply within three weeks. Naveen Patnaik is respondent number 4 in the case,” informed Mohapatra’s defense counsel Narendra Hooda to a local television news channel.
In his plea before the High Court Mohapatra has alleged of gross discrepancies in sworn statements on poll expenses by Patnaik and his party.