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SC refuses to stay disqualification of six Congress MLAs from Himachal Assembly

By Mahima Katal      18 March, 2024 06:11 PM      0 Comments
SC refuses to stay disqualification of six Congress MLAs from Himachal Assembly

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay the order of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly Speaker disqualifying six Congress rebels, who had cross-voted in the recent Rajya Sabha polls in the state.

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A bench of Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Dipankar Datta heard the petition today and issued notice to the office of HP Assembly speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania and sought its response to the plea in four weeks.

Also Read -  Anti-Defection Law: Disqualified Himachal MLAs move SC against speaker's decision

Justice Khanna said the court is not staying the disqualification but will examine the question of staying fresh elections. He also said that the court will need time to hear the counsels on both sides to examine the issue in depth and the case cannot be concluded in five minutes.

Notably, the six rebel MLAs of the Congress party had moved the top court challenging their disqualification by the Speaker from the Himachal Pradesh Assembly. They were disqualified after they abstained from the budget vote. They had also cross-voted in favour of the BJP Rajya Sabha candidate in the Rajya Sabha elections.

Also Read -  Political crisis: What's next for Himachal Pradesh?

Himachal Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania disqualified these six Congress MLAs by exercising his powers under the Anti-Defection law.



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