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SC relief for Odisha minister; stay granted in poll case

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, Sep 8:

Admitting a special leave petition (SLP) filed by Brahmagiri BJD MLA and Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Das Burma, the Supreme Court on Monday ordered an interim stay on the proceedings in the election irregularities case against him in the Odisha High Court.

Sanjay Dasburma
Sanjay Dasburma

The apex court has also served a notice to the opposite party, Lalatendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra, defeated Congress candidate from Brahmagiri Assembly constituency in the 2014 elections.

Defeated Congress candidate Mohapatra had filed a case in the Odisha High Court in 2014, alleging large-scale irregularities in the polls to the Brahmagiri Assembly constituency.

The High Court on July 24 rejected a petition filed by Das Burma seeking quashing of an election petition filed by Mohapatra alleging large-scale irregularities during the elections to the Brahmagiri Assembly constituency last year. Following the High Court’s rejection of his petition, Das Burma had moved the Supreme Court.