CUTTACK: There seems to be more trouble lying ahead for former union minister and senior Congress leader K.C. Lenka as a lower court here took cognizance of a false affidavit case filed against him by the district administration.

The Cuttack Sadar SDJM court on Monday instituted a criminal case under section 177, 181, and 182 of IPC against Lenka for providing false information to government officials. Magistrate P.K. Das has asked the senior Congress leader to appear in person or through his advocate on December 3 to proceed with the trial of the case.

Earlier the court had accepted the plea of the administration seeking to condone the delay in filing the case against Lenka. The court has also asked the district administration to produce all relevant documents in connection to the case so that a summon notice could be served on the former union minister.

On the basis of a complaint filed by one Harihar Parida, a native of Choudwar segment and subsequent orders from State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), the district administration had filed a false affidavit case against Lenka, who had unsuccessfully contested the 2004 Assembly elections from Choudwar segment.

The Congress leader was charged for suppressing facts about his property, pending vigilance cases and educational qualification in the mandatory affidavit that every candidate was required to submit at the time of filing nomination papers.

Since the case was filed in June this year even as the elections were complete in April 2004, the district administration had urged the trial court to condone the delay as investigations into the matter took long time after receiving the complaint.

It may be recalled here that the SDJM had also rejected a petition filed by Parida who was projected as the complainant against Lenka.