Bhubaneswar: In a crucial development, the Supreme Court(SC) of India on August 28 served notices to Hinjili MLA and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Election Commission of India, the Ganjam Collector and District Electoral Officer in connection with a petition seeking transfer of the alleged poll expenses irregularities case from Orissa High Court to Delhi High Court.
The SC has directed the respondents to file their replies within three weeks.
Reports said that apprehending that the case might get influenced Subash Mohapatra who earlier had filed a PIL in Orissa High Court has petitioned the apex court seeking its transfer from Orissa High Court to the Delhi High Court.
“The Supreme Court has admitted our petition on the transfer of the case from Orissa High Court to Delhi High Court. The apex court has directed the respondents to reply within three weeks. Naveen Patnaik is respondent number 4 in the case,” told Subash Mohapatra’s counsel Narendra Hooda to the media.
In his petition before the Orissa High Court Subash has alleged of gross discrepancies in sworn affidavits filed by Naveen Patnaik and his party during the 2014 assembly and general elections.
Reacting to the SC notice to Naveen the BJP spokesperson Samir Mohanty today said that the admission of the plea to transfer the case to Delhi High Court by the SC showed that the apex court has treated the matter seriously.
However, rubbishing the BJP’s allegations as engineered and ill-motivated, BJD spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Pratap Keshari Deb said,”We have nothing to hide and everything is already in the public domain”. Taking a dig at the BJP Pratap added,”It only shows to what an extent the saffron party can stoop down. It is strange that the BJP even doubts the integrity of the Orissa High Court.”