SC issues stay order ; Cong MLA Jogesh Singh to continue as legislator

Bhubaneswar: Coming as a big relief for Odisha Congress, the Supreme Court today issued stay order on the Orissa High Court’s decision to dismiss its  MLA Jogesh Singh from the Sundargarh Assembly Constituency.

With the SC’s stay order, Jogesh Singh will continue as the MLA of Sundergarh.

Former Union Minister and senior lawyer Kapil Sibal and Pitambar Acharya presented the case on behalf of Jogesh Singh.

“Since the High Court had cancelled the election of Jogesh Singh as Sundergarh MLA citing unavailability of evidence in support of his scheduled tribe (ST) caste status, a bench comprising Justice AK Sikri and Ashok Bhusan of the Supreme Court stated the judgment as unlawful and issued a stay order,” Jogesh’s counsel Pitambar Acharya said.

Singh’s MLA post was declared null and void by the High Court on January 30 on grounds of filing fake caste certificate during nomination for the 2014 Assembly Elections

BJP candidate Sahadev Xaxa, who lost to Singh in the 2014 general elections, and another voter Ajay Patel in two separate petitions had alleged that Singh submitted false and fabricated caste certificate categorising himself as belonging to the ‘Bhuyan’ tribe.