Ex-BJD Leader Jay Panda Faces Criminal Case for ‘False’ Affidavit
Baijayant “Jay” Panda was suspended from the BJD for “weakening” the party in January this year.
Odisha Lok Sabha MP Baijayant "Jay" Panda found himself in trouble on Thursday, 3 May, when a sub-divisional judicial magistrate's court in the Kendrapada district of the state directed the police to file a criminal case against him on charges of submitting a "false" affidavit for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, reported The Times of India.
Panda, the MP from Kendrapara and a known critic of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, was suspended from the BJD for "weakening" the party in January this year.
The court's ruling came after a man named Dilip Kumar Das filed a petition alleging that Panda had given a "false" affidavit in the 2014 elections and hid from the public that he was drawing large monetary benefits in his role as vice-chairman of the company, Indian Metals & Ferroy Alloys Ltd (IMFA), it was further reported.
Responding to the development, Jyoti Ghose, secretary of Jay Panda, told TOI that the "case is sub-judice" and "the law will take its own course".
Earlier too, Panda has reportedly faced a case regarding the same issue.
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