Bhubaneswar: The Orissa High Court on Monday deferred the hearing on petitions filed by Debananda Mohapatra and Subhas Mohapatra to August 10 and September 6 respectiviely in the alleged discrepancies in Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s election expenses and poll funding row.
Notably, BJP leader Debananda Mohapatra who had cotested against Naveen in 2014 Assembly elections from Hinjili had moved the court seeking disqualification of the CM as legislator from the constituency.
Mohapatra in his petition alleged that Naveen has submitted false affidavit regarding his poll expenses to the Election Commission of India (ECI), during 2014 elections.
On the other hand, RTI activist Subhas Mohapatra had moved the court by filing a petition mentioning irregularities in the BJD’s accounts statement and dubious funding after the 2014 general elections following which the court issued a notice to the ECI asking it to submit its report by August 17.
Meanwhile, Ganjam Collector, Prem Chand Chaudhary also pleaded the court seeking recall of the notice to ECI alleging that the petitioner is not a resident of Hinjili constituency.