Tripura MLA faces probe in fake SC certificate caseAugust 29th, 2008 - 3:51 pm ICT by IANS
Agartala, Aug 29 (IANS) The Election Commission has ordered a probe against Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) legislator Partha Das after an opposition Congress leader accused him of submitting a fake scheduled caste certificate while contesting the last assembly elections in February, a Tripura assembly spokesman said.Partha Das, a ruling Left party legislator may lose his membership from the Tripura legislative assembly if the inquiry finds him guilty, officials said here Friday.
“An inquiry is currently on against Das,” secretary of the Tripura assembly, S.M. Lodh said.
Das, during the Feb 23 assembly elections had submitted an affidavit claiming that he belonged to the scheduled castes (SC) community.
Das won the Salgarah assembly constituency, reserved for the SC community.
The alleged ‘forgery’ came to light when the MLA’s elder brother Chandan Das, a government doctor, was found guilty and lost his job for using a fake SC certificate.
“The EC has taken the complaint into cognizance, as prima facie established that Das’s SC certificate might be false like his brother as both belonged to the same family,” Nath told journalists here Friday.
“As per the law, Das must pay Rs.500 per day from the date on which he took oath as an MLA, along with jail sentence. According to the Constitution, he has to vacate his position as a legislator,” Nath said.
“We have asked the RSP leadership to clarify their position about the allegation,” Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) spokesman Gautam Das said.
The CPI-M is the leading constituent of the ruling Left Front, which came to power in the northeastern state for the sixth straight term this year.