SC stays HC order disqualifying 5 Haryana MLAs
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 04, 2012, 18:53
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed a Punjab and Haryana High Court order disqualifying five state MLAs of Haryana Janhit Congress for joining the ruling Congress party and the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government.

A bench of justices Altamas Kabir and S S Nijjar stayed the December 20, 2011 judgement of the high court on a Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by the Haryana assembly speaker and some of the aggrieved MLAs, questioning the verdict.

Attorney General G E Vahanvati, appearing for the state assembly speaker, submitted that the high court's direction "ex facie suffer some lack of jurisdiction and non application of mind to the settled law."

The AG also urged the apex court to expunge the strictures passed by the high court against the speaker. The apex court while staying the direction sought the stands of the Election Commission of India and Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) leader Kuldeep Bishnoi on the SLP.

The high court had earlier ordered interim disqualification of the MLAs and had quashed the order passed by the speaker recognising HJC's merger with the ruling Congress party.

The high court had passed the order on Bishnoi's petition, questioning the Haryana assembly speaker's decision to treat the alleged defection by five of his party MLAs as merger of his entire party with the ruling Congress party.


First Published: Wednesday, January 04, 2012, 18:53

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