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Woman Sarpanch disqualified for not knowing to read and write Odia in Bhadrak

16/04/2021 at 6:35 PM

Bhadrak, Apr 16: A woman Sarpanch of Daisinga gram panchayat was disqualified from her post by the district court for providing not knowing to read and write odia language in Bhadrak district today.

The accused has been identified as Parvati Majhi, who contested the Panchayat election in 2017.

During the election, the man who lost to Parvati as the closest rival, Bagan Singh accused her of not knowing to read and write Odia language following which she becomes ineligible for contesting the election under Article 11 of Gram Panchayat Act. Keeping aside the accusations, Parvati was allowed to contest the election in which she emerged victorious. Further, Bagan Singh filed a petition in Munsif court of Bhadrak in this regard where the Civil Judge (Junior Division) passed a judgment in support of Parvati declaring her eligible for being Sarpanch in 2018.

Aggrieved by the decision, the petitioner later challenged the judgment passed by the Civil Judge (Junior Division) in the District Judge court. After examining all the qualifications certificates the District Judge dismissed the judgment passed by Civil Judge and disqualified Parvati from her post.

“Parvati Majhi was allowed to contest the election without fulfilling the eligibility criteria as she does not know how to read and write Odia due to which Bagan Singh filed a petition in Munsif court where the judgment was passed in favour of Parvati Majhi without proper verification. However, having resentment over the decision, the petitioner challenged the judgment of the Civil Judge in the District Court where the court defied the previous judgment and disqualified Parvati Majhi from her post,” said advocate Sanatan Dixit.

The judge ordered the Election Officer  to take the required steps to fill up the vacant Sarpanch post of the Gram Panchayat in accordance with law at the earliest, he added.

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