Bhubaneswar: The Orissa High Court today quashed the state government’s recent amendments to zilla parishad president election rules. A bench comprising Chief Justice Vineet Saran and Justice Dr Bidyut Rann Sadangi today said that rules cannot be changed once election process begins.
While the ruling has come as a shock to the state government, both the BJP, whose member Sukhlal Munda of Sundergarh district had filed a case against the state government’s amendment to the election rules, and Congress had opposed the move by the Naveen government.
The government had made an amendment on March 8 that allowed a party agent to be present while the elected zilla parishad members voted for the president and the agent would see the vote to avoid horsetrading. Even the state election commission had opposed the move since as per rules once an election process commences even Supreme Court or High Court cannot interfere in the process.