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Hearing of Jharkhand MLAs' petition adjourned.

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Sep 14 (UNI) The Supreme Court today adjourned the hearing of the petition of three rebel MLAs from Jharkhand challenging their disqualification proceedings initiated by state assembly speaker Inder Singh Namdhari.

A bench comprising Mr Justice K G Balakrishnan and Mr Justice D K Jain adjourned the hearing for ten days at the request of the council for the petitioners.

Stephen Marandi, Enos Ekka and Kamlesh Kumar Singh had resigned from the Arjun Munda government on September 5.

The assembly speaker had issued show cause notice to the three MLAs who had joined UPA reducing the Arjun Munda government to a minority.

The hearing was adjourned in view of the fresh development which took place in the state this morning. Moreover, the three petitioners were permitted to participate in the voting during floor test in the assembly which eventually did not take place.

With the permission for voting having been granted, the present petition has become infructuous as the fate of Arjun Munda government has virtually been sealed.

The proceedings were initiated against the three MLAs under the Anti-defection Law.

Mr Munda refused to face the trial of strength in the assembly and resigned this morning.

UNI AKS/SC MS BS1731

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