SC to hear 3 Jharkhand MLAs' petition on Monday

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New Delhi, Sep 8 (UNI) The Supreme Court will hear on Monday a petition filed by three Jharkhand MLAs seeking to restrain Speaker Inder Singh Namdhari from proceeding with the petitions pending against them seeking their disqualification.

The hearing was fixed by a bench comprising Chief Justice Y K Sabharwal and Justice C K Thakker with counsel K V Vishwanathan, appearing for the petitioners, mentioned the fixing of the petition and sought an early date of hearing.

The Speaker yesterday issued notices to the three MLAs, including two National Democratic Alliance rebels, threatening to disqualify them for crossing over to the United Progressive Alliance.

The Speaker asked the MLAs, Enos Ekka, Kamlesh Singh and Stephen Marandi, to explain on September 11, three days ahead of the floor test of the Arjun Munda government in the assembly, on why their memberships should not be quashed.

The petitioners also sought the status quo on their membership of the assembly till the floor test stated by Governor Syed Sibte Razi was over.

Four Ministers of the Arjun Munda Cabinet had resigned on Tuesday precipitating a crisis for the government. On the request of the Chief Minister, the Governor allowed a trial of strength on September 14.

Following this, some BJP MLAs moved the petition before the Speaker seeking disqualification of the rebels under the anti- defection law.


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