Four disqualified JD(U) MLAs file petition in Patna HC

Patna, Nov 3: The four rebel JD(U) MLAs whose membership had been terminated today filed a petition in the Patna High Court challenging their disqualification from the Assembly by the Speaker.

Lawyer S K Mangalam filed the petition on behalf of Gyanendra Singh Gyanoo, Neeraj Singh Babloo, Ravindra Rai and Rahul Sharma. Mangalam told reporters that the termination has been challenged as "unlawful and unconstitutional". Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary had on Saturday last disqualified the four rebel JD(U) Legislators as members of the Assembly on the charge of working against the party during the recent bypolls to two Rajya Sabha seats in the state.

The four have not been given status of ex-MLA in the Speaker's ruling thus depriving them of all benefits in that capacity. The MLAs were charged with working as proposers and polling agents of rebel candidates Anil Sharma, a real estate baron and expelled JD(U) leader Sabir Ali in the bypolls.

After RJD and Congress had extended support, the two official JD(U) candidates - diplomat-turned-politician Pawan Verma and Gulam Rasool Balyawi - had won from the two seats defeating the rebels. In the petition, the MLAs have alleged that the Speaker's order violated 10th schedule of the Constitution, Gyanoo told PTI.


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