Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Mar 1:
The Orissa High Court today directed against holding of elections until further orders to the posts of nine councillors of Kendujhargarh Municipality that fell vacant after they were disqualified by the State Election Commissioner (SEC) under the anti-defection law.
The Odisha HC after conducting a hearing in the matter in its order directed against issue of notification for holding of election to the nine vacant posts of councilors until further orders, court sources said.
The SEC had disqualified nine rebel BJD councillors for voting in favour of a no-trust motion against Kendujhargarh Municipality chairperson Meena Majhi ignoring party whip.
BJD councillors-Sushree Sangeeta Nanda, Dillip Kumar Behera, Swarnalata Sahu, Prabhati Patnaik, Sabita Sethi, Kumudini Nayak, Satrughna Nayak, Sunil Kumar Nayak and Kuna Naik had voted in favour of the no-trust motion against Majhi ignoring party whip.
These councilors had met and urged SEC RN Senapati on January 4 not to disqualify them since they had already resigned from the party before the amended law came into force.
In a significant verdict, the SEC disqualified nine BJD councillors of Kendujhargarh Municipality on February 19, 2016 after hearing both sides.
The SEC’s law officer Madhuri Mishra had then said that the verdict was pronounced under section 46(A) 1(b) of the Odisha Municipal Act, 1950.