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Validity of nomination papers filed by RS candidates in Odisha challenged

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Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, June 24:

In a controversial action, the Returning Officer of Odisha Legislative Assembly today refused to entertain a complaint, which sought the rejection of nominations of two BJD Rajya Sabha candidates Bhupindar Singh and Anang Uday Singhdeo for having double voter ID cards and furnishing false information in their affidavits.

However, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Mona Sharma has received a complaint against the ruling party candidates, who are seeking to be elected to the upper house of the Parliament.

Bhupinder Singh & AU Singhdeo
Bhupinder Singh & AU Singhdeo

Subash Mohapatra, a social activist, had filed the complaint before the CEO.

“Bhupinder Singh, son of Jodh Singh has filed affidavit along nomination papers for the election to Rajyasbha violating the Representation of People’s Act 1950. Singh has procured two voter ID cards by registering his name in the electoral rolls in more than one constituency. Bhupinder Singh has a voter id bearing number RMU0054833 having serial at 812 in part 94 Gautam Nagar in 114 Ekamra constituency. Further he has another voter id bearing number YAO0725366 having serial at 458 in part 236 M-Rampur -1 in 81 Narla Assembly Constituency,” said Mohapatra is his complaint.

He pointed out, AU Singhdeo, son of Rajendra Narayan Singhdeo also possesses double voter ID cards. While he has a voter ID card at Gopabandhu Nagar in the capital city bearing number RXL0664847, the royal scion has also a voter card bearing number LLP1929132 in Bolangir constituency. Interestingly, his son Kalikesh Singhdeo, who is a BJD MP, has also two voter ID cards.

“Both the candidates have violated section 17, 19 and 31 of the Representation of People’s Act 1951, failure of the compliance of the section 33 and 33A of the Representation of People’s Act 1950 and occurrence of crime under 177, 181 and 200 of Indian penal code,” read the complaint.

Their act of procuring more than one voter IDs violated the section 17 of the Representation of People’s Act 1950, the complaint said.

“They have filed false declaration to grab more than one voter IDs by violating section 31 of the same Act. They intentionally concealed the information, gave false statement on affidavit as per form 26 (See rule 4a) while filing his nomination, and used as true the declaration knowing it to be false,” pointed out Mohapatra.

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  1. Commendable work by Mr. Subash mohapatra, the the Returning Officer of Odisha Legislative Assembly should be punished for refusing to accept his complaint.

    Their act of filing false affidavit is a criminal offence under Section 177, 181 and 200 of Indian penal code and Complaint case should be filed against these two operatunists in appropriate Court of Law.

    Section 177. Furnishing false information
    Whoever, being legally bound to furnish information on any subject to any public servant, as such, furnishes, as true, information on the subject which he knows or has reason to believe to be false, shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both; or, if the information which he is legally bound to give respects the commission of an offence, or is required for the purpose of preventing the commission of an offence, or in order to the apprehension of an offender, with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.

    Section 181.
    False statement on oath or affirmation to public servant or person authorised to administer an oath or affirmation Whoever, being legally bound by an oath 1[or affirmation] to state the truth on any subject to any public servant or other person authorized by law to administer such oath 2[or affirmation], makes, to such public servant or other person as aforesaid, touching the subject, any statement which is false, and which he either knows or believes to be false or does not believe to be true, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, and shall also be liable to fine.

    Section 200.
    Using as true such declaration knowing it to be false
    Whoever corruptly uses or attempts to use as true any such declaration, knowing the same to be false in any material point, shall be punished in the same manner as if he gave false evidence.

    JAYANTA KUMAR DAS (RTI ACTIVIST), 9861770749(M)

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