SUBENTI @ SUBANTRAY PRADHAN Vs. STATE OF ODISHA
HIGH COURT OF ORISSA
Subenti @ Subantray Pradhan
STATE OF ODISHA
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D.Dash, J. -
(1.) The petitioner, by filing this writ application, has assailed an order dated 01.10.2019 passed by the learned District Judge, Kandhamal, Phulbani in Election Petition No.02 of 2017.
The learned District Judge, by the impugned order, accepting the application filed by the opposite party no.5, as the petitioner therein under section 45-B of the Odisha Panchayat Samiti Act, 1959 (hereinafter, referred to as 'the PS Act'), has held this petitioner (opposite party no.4 in the original petition) to be disqualified in terms of the provision of clause (v) read with the proviso thereto under sub-section (1) of section 45 of the PS Act.
(2.) The opposite party no.5, a sitting member of Daringibadi Panchayat Samiti, by filing an application before the learned District Judge, as provided under section 45-B of the PS Act, has sought for a declaration that this petitioner, the Chairperson of said Panchayat Samiti is disqualified on the ground that she has more than two children after the cut off date coming within the mischief of Clause (v) read with the proviso thereto under sub-section (1) of section 45 of the PS Act.
Notification for election of the members of the said Panchayat Samiti was issued by the State Election Commission on 27.12.2016. Finally after the election, the petitioner and the opposite party no.5 came to be elected as the members of Daringibadi Panchayat Samiti from the respective constituency as determined under sub-section 2-A of section 16 of the PS Act. The petitioner and the opposite party no.5 then contested in the election held for the Office of the Chairperson of the Panch-ayat Samiti in accordance with sub-section 3 of section 16 of the PS Act. The petitioner was finally elected as the Chairperson of said Panchayat Samiti.
(3.) The allegation has been made by the opposite party no.5 that the petitioner is disqualified to be a member of the Panchayat Samiti as per clause (v) read with the proviso thereto sub-section (1) of section 45 of the PS Act for having more than two children after the cut off date, i.e, 21.04.1995. The specific allegation is that the petitioner has in total six children and that was the situation on the date of filing of her nomination paper on 16.01.2017 and last child was born on 05.07.1996, which is after the cut off date, i.e, 21.04.1995.
The petitioner, in her show cause, while not denying the fact that she has six numbers of children, has specifically stated that the last child was born on 10.09.1994 and thus she is not disqualified to hold the Office of the Member and as such being elected as the Chairperson of the Panchayat Samiti.;
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