The High Court also issued summons to the DGP and SPs of Nalgonda and Jogulamba Gadwal districts for not granting security to the MLAs.

MLAs expulsion HC issues show cause notice to Telangana Speaker Madhusudhana Chary
news Controversy Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 14:36

The Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday issued a show cause notice to Telangana Assembly Speaker Madhusudhana Chary asking him why it shouldn’t issue a contempt notice against him for disobeying the orders of the court.

Justice B Siva Sankara Rao gave the Speaker two weeks’ time to explain why he didn’t denotify the expulsion of Congress MLAs SA Sampath Kumar and Komatireddy Venkat Reddy, despite orders from the High Court to revoke their expulsion.

This is the first instance where the court has issued such a notice to the Speaker, reported Times of India.

The court also issued summons to the Director General of Police and the Superintendent of Police of Nalgonda and Jogulamba Gadwal districts to appear before the court for not granting security to the MLAs. In a separate order, the judge also issued summons to both the Assembly secretary and the state law secretary to appear before the court, as they had challenged the decision of the court.

The judge also sought information from the Pay and Accounts department on why they didn’t prepare the salary and allowance bills of both the petitioners, reported The New Indian Express.

In March, both Sampath and Venkat Reddy were expelled from the House and their positions as MLAs were notified as vacant, following a ruckus in the House, which left the council Chairman Swamy Goud injured in the eye.

This decision was challenged in the High Court by Sampath and Venkat Reddy, and subsequently after the government failed to provide evidence that it was Sampath and Venkat Reddy who flung the microphone at the council chairman, the court asked the House to revoke the expulsion and reinstate them.

In a major setback to the TRS-led government, the court said that the expulsion was invalid as it did not follow the principles of natural justice.

Despite the setback, 12 MLAs from the TRS approached the court challenging the order. However, the bench rejected their appeal as not ‘maintainable’.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao in a recent press conference called the intervention of the High Court in legislative matters as ‘100% not correct’.

 

 

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