Cuttack: The Orissa High Court Judge Justice Sanjay Kumar Mishra today recused himself from hearing on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s poll funding case and requested the Chief Justice to shift another bench for hearing.
Earlier, on August 10, the HC had deferred the hearing on two petitions filed by Debananda Mohapatra and Subhas Mohapatra to September 6 respectively in the alleged discrepancies in the CM’s election expenses and poll funding row.
Notably, BJP leader Debananda Mohapatra who had contested 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.