Cuttack: Barabati-Cuttack MLA Mohammed Moquim has sought time from the Orissa High Court to keep his side in connection with an election petition filed against him by BJD leader Debashish Samantaray.
The High Court asked him to keep his side by October 25 and posted the next hearing to the same date. The legislator was on August 26 directed by the court to keep his side on September 13.
Notably, Samantaray had filed a poll petition in the court challenging the election of Moquim from Barabati-Cuttack Assembly seat. He had lost to Moquim by a margin of 3,827 votes.
Seeking declaration of Moquim’s election as void and fresh polls, Samantaray in his petition has alleged that the MLA suppressed facts with respect to criminal cases pending against him while filing nomination papers.
The former Barabati-Cuttack MLA has further alleged that Moquim did not disclose proper facts about his assets and liabilities.