HC judge withdraws from case after MLAs misbehaved with court
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 23:16
Chandigarh: A Punjab and Haryana High Court judge Wednesday withdrew from a case seeking disqualification of five defected Haryana MLAs and slammed them for their apparent attempt to influence the judiciary, saying the legislators do not know how to behave with the court.

"Advise your clients not to behave like that," Justice Permod Kohli told the counsel for the MLAs, who joined the ruling Congress last year after they quit Haryana Janhit Congress.

As the case came up for hearing this afternoon, Justice Kohli made it amply clear that an attempt has been made to influence the administration of justice.

Kohli did not elaborate on the nature of misbehaviour, but asserted: "I do not want to hear the matter. List it before some other Bench." He was listening to the petition filed by Haryana Janhit Congress president Kuldeep Bishnoi.

Bishnoi's counsel Satya Pal Jain said the "misbehaviour" was "most unfortunate" - an assertion that was not refuted by Mohan Jain, counsel for the Haryana Assembly Speaker, and Harbhagwan Singh, counsel for the MLAs.

Notice has also been issued to the five MLAs -- Satpal Sangwan, Vinod Bhyana, Narender Singh, Zileram and Dharam Singh. They had joined Congress in November 2009.

Additional Solicitor-General Mohan Jain said in case anyone has done something, then it was unfortunate.

Seeking their disqualification from the membership of Haryana Assembly, under 10th scheduled to the Constitution, Bishnoi has made Speaker Harmohinder Singh Chatha a respondent by name.

Bishnoi also leveled allegation of mala fide against Chatha, accusing him of trying to shield the "defector" MLAs.

In November 2009, the five members submitted applications to the Speaker saying the "legislators of Haryana Janhit Congress have decided to merge the party with the Indian National Congress." On the same day, the Speaker without notice to the HJC president, passed two orders accepting the alleged merger.


First Published: Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 23:16

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