first_imgAccusing the Biju Janata Dal government in Odisha of planning to usurp undue advantages in the urban polls scheduled for September this year, the BJP’s Odisha unit on Tuesday moved the Orissa High Court challenging the appointment of Naba Kumar Nayak as the State Election Commissioner.State BJP vice-president Samir Kumar Mohanty urged the High Court to quash the appointment on the plea that it is illegal, arbitrary and politically motivated. Mr. Nayak, who served as an IAS officer for only six years before his retirement in March 2014, joined as the new SEC on Monday.Mr. Mohanty in his petition has alleged that the 64-year-old retired IAS promotee is a beneficiary of a number of post-retirement posts by the present regime. “Mr. Nayak, who will turn 65 in March next year, has been consciously given this extra benefit of post retirement to show undue advantage to the party in power in the urban polls,” Mr. Mohanty said in his 20-page petition.Stating that all the previous five SECs of the State had served as Chief Secretaries, the petition said Mr. Nayak had not even held a post of Commissioner in the State government as he retired at the rank of an Additional Secretary. The status of the State Election Commission under Article 243K of the Constitution is same as that of the Election Commission of India, it argued.“Looking at the constitutional spirit and the philosophy engrafted in Article 243K, a person of high integrity, character and unbiased approach should be appointed to such a coveted post,” the petition.last_img