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Bijepur election petition: Orissa HC reserves verdict

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Cuttack: The Orissa High Court on Thursday reserved its verdict after completion of hearing on a plea seeking to close an election petition filed by Rajya Sabha BJD member Prasanna Acharya challenging the 2014 election of Bijepur Congress MLA Subal Sahu, who passed away in August this year.

Sahu’s family members, who cutoff their links with the Congress and joined the BJD, had approached the High Court seeking closure of the poll petition after submitting death certificate of the deceased legislator. However, the HC reserved its verdict stating that petition once filed cannot be withdrawn.

After hearing the arguments of both the parties, Justice SK Mishra reserved his verdict to be pronounced at a later date.

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