Poll petition: Odisha HC serves notice to MLA Mohammed Moquim

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court today served notice to Barabati-Cuttack MLA Mohammed Moquim in connection with an election petition filed against him by BJD leader Debashish Samantaray.

The High Court has directed the legislator to keep his side before the court and posted the next hearing of the case to September 13.

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.

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