HC slaps fine on BJD MLA

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court has slapped a fine of Rs 1,000 on ruling BJD woman legislator Basanti Mallick for not co-operating with the court for timely disposal of an election-related matter.

Expressing displeasure over her not being careful in responding to court notices on time, Justice S C Parija yesterday fined Mallick in a case in which her election to the Assembly has been challenged.

Congress leader Dasarathi Gomango, who lost to Mallick by 115 votes in 2014 poll to Mohana constituency in Ganjam district, has challenged her election alleging gross irregularities during counting.

Notice was issued to the BJD MLA to file her counter to the petition in an affidavit, but Mallick have failed to respond to repeated court notices, following which the HC slapped the fine on her.