Bhubaneswar: Orissa High Court has rejected for the second time the plea by state Finance Minister Prafulla Chandra Ghadai to quash the petition challenging his election from Sukinda assembly seat in 2009.

Justice R N Biswal, who had rejected a similar one by the minister last year, turned down the plea on Friday and ordered that the hearing of the petition filed against him by Congress leader Sarat Rout shall continue.

The minister had last year approached the High Court under Order 6 Rule 16 of Civil Procedure Code (CPC) to quash the petition at admission level for not having sufficient material facts against him.

This time Ghadai had approached the HC under Order 7 Rule 11 of CPC claiming that hearing of the petition against him shall not proceed for disclosure of certain vital portions of election matters.

Ghadai had defeated Rout by a margin of 2,403 votes in April 2009 elections. But Rout had alleged that because of double voting by at least 3,000 voters of BJD supporters, the ruling party candidate (Ghadai) had won the polls.

The Congress leader had also contended that there was double entry of as many as 5,000 voters in the electoral roll of the Constituency. This was mainly done to favour the ruling party candidate and was clear violation of Representation of Peoples Act-1951, he said.

(Agencies)