New Delhi: In a major relief for Congress MLA Jogesh Kumar Singh, the Supreme Court today slammed a stay order on Orissa High Court’s order to disqualify his candidature.
This was informed by advocate of the Orissa High Court, Pitambar Acharya, counsel for the Comgress MLA.
In its hearing in the case, the Apex Court observed that Jogesh Singh will continue as a member of the Odisha Legislative Assembly.
Expressing his happiness over the SC’s stay order, Jogesh Singh reacted,“I have complete faith on the judiciary for which I had moved the honourable Supreme Court and finally the truth has prevailed. I thank the people of Sundergarh for their support and love.”
The Orissa High Court had on January 30 declared the Sundergarh legislator’s candidature null and void. The court had said that Jogesh Singh had submitted fake caste certificate while filing his nomination for the 2014 Assembly Elections.
BJP candidate Sahadev Xaxa, who lost to Jogesh Singh in the 2014 assembly election, and another voter Ajay Patel had alleged that the MLA submitted false and fabricated caste certificate showing himself as a member of ‘Bhuyan’ tribe.
While conducting the hearing, the court had found out that the Congress MLA belongs to ‘Khandayat Bhuyan’ community which is not a scheduled tribe.