Petitions of BJP MLAs on disqualification admitted
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Last Updated: Monday, December 12, 2011, 20:01
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Monday admitted the petitions of six BJP MLAs challenging the notice for their disqualification sent to the Speaker of the state assembly by the new legislature party leader.

Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir issued notice to the state Advocate General to be present on the next date of hearing on December 19.

Seven BJP MLAs, including Chaman Lal Gupta, were expelled from the party after an in-house inquiry found them guilty of voting against the party candidate in the Legislative Council elections in March this year.

The BJP had 11 MLAs in the Assembly but the party nominee got only four votes during the council polls.

While Gupta was expelled in September, the party expelled the other six MLAs in November for going against the whip. The new legislature party leader appointed by the BJP, Jugal Kishore, has written to Assembly speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone seeking their disqualification.

Counsel for the six BJP MLAs Javaid Iqbal Wani said they have challenged the locus standi of the party to seek their disqualification from the assembly after they were expelled from the membership of the party.

"The Supreme Court had referred a similar case to a larger bench to decide on whether the party continues to hold power for disqualifying members of a house after expelling them. We have taken same ground in our petition," Wani said.


First Published: Monday, December 12, 2011, 20:01

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