Apex court refers defections issue to Constitutional Bench

New Delhi: The Telangana Congress MLAs’ disqualification petition has been transferred to the Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court. The two-member Bench took up the hearing on Tuesday on the petition filed by Congress MLA S A Sampath Kumar from Telangana State.

The apex court said it agrees with the petitioner’s arguments and stated it has no belief that the Telangana Assembly Speaker would take a decision on MLAs’ disqualifications. It also said it has no authority to order the Speaker and asked the five-member Constitutional Bench to give clarity on it and transferred the petition to it.

Welcoming the Supreme Court’s decision to refer the issue of legislators’ defections to the Constitutional Bench, TPCC chief Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the verdict clearly shows that Chief Minister KCR was wrong in making MPs, MLAs and MLCs of other parties defect to the TRS fold.

He said that the Supreme Court has rightly questioned on what should be done if the Speaker was unreasonably delaying a decision and if the defections were not as per the law. He hoped that the Constitutional Bench would give a landmark decision against the defectors so as to prevent this morally incorrect and constitutionally illegal activity in future. By encouraging large scale defections, he said KCR had set a wrong precedent in the new State of Telangana.

– NSS

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