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HC Notice to Kandhamal BJD MP Pratyusha Rajeshwari

Cuttack, Dec 17: Kandhamal BJD MP Pratyusha Rajeshwari Singh has been served a notice by the Orissa High Court on Tuesday after a quo warranto writ petition challenged her participation in the Lok Sabha election as she was a citizen of Nepal.

The court issued notices to others asking them to respond to the petition why she should not be disqualified.

Hearing a petition filed by social activist Dr Subash Mohapatra, Justice Biswanath Rath issued notices to Pratyusha, Election Commission of India, State Election Officer, Lok  Sabha Speaker, State and Union Home departments and Kandhamal and Nayagarh district collectors.

Pratyusha, widow of late MP Hemendra Singh, had won the Kandhamal Lok Sabha seat in the bypoll held on Oct 15. She defeated Rudra Madhab Ray of BJP by a margin of over three lakh votes. She is the citizen of Nepal. 

Her BJP rival Ray has also filed a similar petition in the High Court challenging her election on the same grounds. However, the court is yet to take up his petition.

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