Congress leader Jogesh Singh to continue as Sundergarh MLA

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New Delhi: Congress leader Jogesh Kumar Singh will continue as Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Sundergarh (reserved) constituency in Odisha till Supreme Court’s next order.

The apex court on Friday ordered an interim stay on the Orissa High Court verdict which had quashed his election win in 2014, following which Singh will continue as Sundergarh MLA, informed senior advocate Pitambar Acharya.

Singh had won the Sundergarh seat, reserved for Scheduled Tribes (ST), in the 2014 elections defeating BJD’s Kusum Tete by around 12,500 votes.

However, BJP candidate Sahadev Xaxa, who had secured third position in 2014 polls, claimed that the caste certificate submitted by the Congress MLA was false and mala fide.

The BJP leader moved the High Court seeking declaration of the election of Singh as null and void on the ground of providing false caste certificate.

Hearing the petition, on January 30, the Orissa High Court had disqualified Sundergarh MLA Jogesh Kumar Singh from being a Member of the Odisha Legislative Assembly over submission of fake caste certificate during 2014 general elections.

Later, the Congress MLA approached the Supreme Court challenging the High Court order.

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