Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, June 26:
Even as BJD candidates for the two vacant Rajya Sabha seats AU Singhdeo and Bhupindar Singh were declared elected unopposed , a case has been filed in the SDJM court, Bhubaneswar, today against both of them for possessing dual voter ID cards and filing false affidavits before the returning officer of the Odisha Assembly.
Subhash Mohapatra, a social activist, has filed the case against the two leaders for allegedly filing false affidavits, which he said invites criminal prosecution under Section 177, 181 and 200 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Mohapatra had also filed a complaint before Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Mona Sharma. However, the returning officer of the Assembly had refused to accept his complaint.
The complainant had alleged that Bhupinder Singh has filed a false affidavit, along with his nomination papers for the election to Rajya Sabha, violating the Representation of People’s Act 1950.
He said that Singh had procured two voter ID cards by registering his name in the electoral rolls in two different constituencies. “Bhupinder Singh has a voter id bearing number RMU0054833 at Gautam Nagar in 114 Ekamra Constituency. Further, he has another voter id bearing number YAO0725366 in Narla Assembly Constituency,” said Mohapatra is his complaint.
AU Singhdeo also possesses double voter ID cards, he alleges in his petition. While he has a voter ID card at Gopabandhu Nagar in the capital city bearing number RXL0664847, the royal scion also has a voter card bearing number LLP1929132 in Bolangir constituency.
Interestingly, the entire family of Singhdeo has double voter ID cards. While his MP son Kalikesh Singhdeo has double voter ID cards, his better half Vijaylaxmi Devi has voter cards in Bolangir constituency bearing number LLP1929140 and one at Gopabandhu Nagar with ID card number RXLO664896.
The youngest son of the royal family Manmath Vijay Singhdeo, who was seen campaigning for brother and father during the recently held election campaigns, also enjoys the same luxury. He has double voter ID card s- one at Bolangir bearing number LLP1929157 and one in Bhubaneswar with number RXLO664912.
All the datas are uploaded in CEO, Odisha website.