Supreme Court Disqualification of MLAs: SC adjourns hearing on Goa Congress'...

Disqualification of MLAs: SC adjourns hearing on Goa Congress’ PIL

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New Delhi, Apr 6 (ILNS) The Supreme Court today adjourned the hearing on a plea filed by Goa Congress Chief Girish Chodankar, seeking a direction to the UT Speaker to expeditiously decide on the disqualification of the party’s 10 former MLAs, who joined BJP in July, 2019.

The bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice AS Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramanian heard the petition and adjourned it till April 21.

Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, who appeared for Girish Chodankar, submitted that the Speaker had reserved his order on February 26, but has not pronounced the judgement till now.

He went on to say, “This is making a mockery of whole procedure. Because Chief Justice SA Bobde is retiring on April 23 and if the order is not passed before he retires, then I will not be able to argue the case on merits.”

Thereafter, the Bench asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, “Can you pass orders on April 20?”

The Solicitor General sought some time to take instructions. After seeking instruction, he informed the Court that the Goa Speaker will pass his order on April 20. The bench then listed the matter on April 21 for further hearing.

The petition filed against the Speaker of the Goa Assembly and 10 MLAs stated that the MLAs shifted from Congress to BJP. Similarly, a disqualification petition was filed against them for defection before the Speaker. Despite the same having been filed in 2019, the plea was yet to be heard. ILNS/SNG/RJ

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