Odishatv Bureau

Berhampur: In a major jolt to the Mayor of Berhamapur Municipal Corporation, K Madhavi, a local court disqualified her as corporator of the civic body on charges of furnishing false information in her affidavit during election.

The disqualification was pronounced by the Ganjam District and Sessions Court in response to a petition filed by former Mayor Siba Shankar Dash.

After hearing the witnesses of both sides, the court found that Madhavi had provided false data regarding her marital status.

The petitioner had alleged that she married for the second time without obtaining divorce from her first husband.

“Her second husband admitted before the court that Madhavi had not shown him any court decree regarding her divorce. She has been disqualified as corporator,” the petitioner’s lawyer said.

On the other hand, Madhavi said she will challenge the order of lower court in High Court. “I will definitely move High Court soon as the case is a matter of my honour. I hope the higher court would provide me justice,” she added.

Madhavi was the first woman mayor of the 40-member civic body and had been in office since June 2016.