Orissa HC lifts interim stay on poll conduct for Panchayat Samiti; allows SEC to hold polls in 4 panchayat samitis


Cuttack, Jan 27: On Tuesday the Orissa High Court lifted an interim stay imposed on the conduct of polls for panchayat samiti member post in Rengali block of Sambalpur district, Kolabira in Jharsuguda, Parjang in Dhenkanal and Bhawanipatna of Kalahandi. A division bench comprising the High Court’s chief justice, Vineet Saran and Justice, Bidyut Ranjan Sarangi pronounced the verdict allowing the State Election Commission (SEC) to hold polls in the four panchayat samitis. However, the High Court has posted hearings on seat reservations at the panchayat samitis to Mar 21.

Notably, six petitions were filed before the High Court citing that more than 50% seat reservations have been made in the ensuing panchayat polls. In case of Dasarathpur panchayat  samiti of Jajpur, the petitioner have already withdrawn the case. On the other hand, the High Court has posted hearing on the case pertaining to Laikera block in Jharsuguda to Jan 30.

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