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SC allows ex-TMC MP Saumitra Khan to enter Bishnupur constituency to file nomination

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The on Friday allowed former Saumitra Khan, who is now a BJP candidate and facing a criminal case, to enter constituency in for filing his nomination papers for the polls.

The top court allowed Khan to approach the seeking modification of its earlier order banning his entry into constituency in district of

Khan is an accused in cases of allegedly taking money from students on the promise of giving them jobs and

A bench of and Justice said that it is not inclined to entertain the appeal against the high court order of February 18 banning him from entering the jurisdiction of district till further orders.

Senior advocates P S and Neeraj Kishan Kaul, appearing for Khan said that after he joined BJP on January 9, the very next day a false case was lodged against him for

"Subsequently other cases were also lodged like I had taken money to give job to someone. One also lodged a case that I had taken money. Similar thing happened when joined the party from TMC. The High Court had then quashed the cases lodged against him," said.

The bench said it is not inclined to interfere with the appeal but said that Khan can move an application before the high court seeking modification of the earlier order.

said that at least he be allowed to go to his constituency to file nomination papers which will be filed from April 16.

The bench then allowed Khan to enter constituency for one day to file the nomination papers.

The high court had in March extended the ban on Khan, who is contesting the election from Bishnupur parliamentary constituency on a BJP ticket, by six weeks.

The high court had said such a ban was required for a free and fair investigation of cases against Khan considering his political clout in the area.

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 18:20 IST