A single bench of Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh of the Patna High Court on Friday set aside Independent MLA Som Prakash Singh’s election after hearing JD(U) leader Pramod Singh Chandravansi’s petition.
Singh was declared elected from Obera seat of Aurangabad during the 2010 Assembly polls. But the single bench declared his election null and void as his nomination was wrongly accepted. The bench also directed Election Commission to arrange for fresh elections for the Obera Assembly seat.
Prior to contesting elections, Som Prakash Singh was the officer-in-charge of Obera police station. The judgment pointed out that the inspector-general of police and not deputy inspector-general should have accepted Singh’s resignation. It also pointed out that disciplinary proceedings were on against Singh when he quit service and should not have been accepted as long as the departmental proceedings were on. Singh was one of three Independent MLAs who supported Nitish Kumar’s minority government when he broke off with the BJP.