New Delhi: The Supreme Court today stayed
the Orissa High Court order declaring as void the election of
independent MLA Ramesh Rout from Athagarh assembly seat in the state.
A Bench comprising Justices H S Bedi and C K Prasad
stayed the High Court`s June 23 order on the plea of Rout and
posted the matter for further hearing after four weeks.
The apex court passed the order on an appeal filed by
Rout challenging the High Court`s order which had declared his
election as null and void and had directed the Election
Commission to conduct fresh polls in Athagarh assembly segment in Cuttack district.
The court had on July 9 restrained the EC from issuing
notification for fresh polls.
It had also rejected Rout`s plea for permission to attend
the assembly till the end of the Monsoon Session.
Orissa assembly had cancelled Rout`s membership from
the House following the High court order.