Nèw Delhi, Jul 1 (ILNS) The Supreme Court today deferred hearing a plea seeking directions to the Centre to frame rules defining a strict time-frame, within which matters related to “defection” shall be decided and lay down guidelines to be followed by the Speakers and Chairman of lower and upper house in Parliament.
The petition further said that similar guidelines should be followed by the Speaker of a State Legislative Assembly and by the Chairman of the State Legislative Council.
During the hearing, Chief Justice NV Ramana said, “The issue was raised earlier also, I remember Mr Kapil Sibal (Senior Advocate) had raised a similar issue, but in that case, we have left this issue with the legislature to decide. Read that judgement and then come back. Listed after two weeks.”
The Bench also comprised of Justices AS Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy.
The petition, filed by Ranjit Mukherjee through Advocate-on-Record (AOR) Srishti Agnihotri, asking the Court to look into the practice of malafide delays on part of the Speakers/Chairmen of their respective Houses in deciding matters related to political defections.
The plea also alleged that, “The rampant practice of political defections, when unchecked due to such delays, shakes the confidence of voters and young leaders, and goes against the grain of the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution. These rampant and unchecked political defections for personal or political gain, hit at the root of the demooacy, and violate the fundamental rights of Indian Citizens, under Article 21 of the Constitution.” ILNS/KR/RJ/SNG