Supreme Court Asks Madhya Pradesh Speaker About Pending Disqualification Petitions [22.9.2020]

22.9.2020, New Delhi

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday asked the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker to apprise it by next week as to when he would decide the disqualification petitions against 22 Congress MLAs who switched sides to the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party.

A bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, while hearing a plea filed by Congress MLA Vinay Saxena, said the "speaker has to only make a statement as to when these applications will be decided".

At the outset, senior advocate Vivek Tankha, appearing for Saxena, said that disqualification petitions are pending with the Speaker since March 12.

He said the speaker has to pass an order on disqualification petitions otherwise some of them will continue to be ministers in the state government.

"We want that the speaker should decide these petitions within a week," Mr Tankha said.

The bench noted that a letter for adjournment of the hearing in the matter has been circulated among the parties.

23 Sep 2020