Cuttack: In another high voltage drama ahead of Bijepur bypoll, State BJP vice president Samir Mohanty on Tuesday filed a petition in Orissa High Court challenging the validity of appointment of Naba Kumar Nayak as State Election Commissioner (SEC).
Alleging that Nayak’s appointment as SEC is likely to influence the upcoming elections in State, Mohanty urged the court to terminate Nayak’s appointment.
Terming Nayak’s appointment as unconstitutional and politically biased, the petitioner alleged that as per norms, a Chief Secretary rank official should be appointed to a key position like SEC but, however the State Government appointed a retired and lower rank official thereby violating the guidelines.
The BJP leader further alleged that even as Nayak was to retire in March 2014, it was his inclination towards the ruling BJD that his term was extended by six months.
The retirement age for SEC being 65, Nayak would serve till March 2019 and may interfere in the poll process, the petitioner alleged urging that Nayak’s appointment as SEC be terminated for a free and fair civic body elections scheduled for September this year.