Cuttack: On a special mention by Advocate General (AG) S P Mishra for an urgent hearing on a miscellaneous petition filed by the Ganjam district electoral officer and district magistrate, the Orissa High Court today fixed July 27 for next hearing on the matter.

Ganjam District Magistrate Prem Chand Chaudhary had yesterday filed the petition in the high court to recall its July 18 notice issued to the Election Commission (EC) on a writ petition filed by social activist Subash Mohapatra.

Mohapatra in his petition had sought judicial intervention for quick disposal of his representation pending before the EC since June 2016.

In his representation to the EC, he had alleged gross discrepancies in the sworn statements of Naveen Patnaik about his election expenses in 2014.

Supreme Court advocate Narendra Hooda and Mohapatra’s counsel Siddharth P Das, appearing before the bench of Justice S K Mishra, sought time to file a counter to the Ganjam district electoral officer’s petition following which, the court fixed July 27 for next hearing of the case.

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