Former Kerala government Chief Whip and MLA P C George has approached the High Court on Tuesday seeking stay against the proceedings initiated by Assembly Speaker N Shakthan to disqualify him, following complaint filed by present Chief Whip Thomas Unniyadan.
The Speaker had earlier informed that the petition by Thomas Unniyadan, seeking to disqualify George is justifiable.
The court will consider the petition on Wednesday.
The New Indian Express reports that George‚Äôs petition in the court says that the order of the Speaker was invalid and there was no conduct on his part falling within the expression ‚Äėvoluntarily giving up membership of that party‚Äô.
‚ÄúThe order of the Speaker is total non-application of the mind to various decisions of the Supreme Court. The petitioner‚Äôs valuable right to continue as a member and the fundamental right guaranteed under Article 14 and 19 to carry on his occupation as a politician were proposed to be curtailed and forbidden on a spurious and tampered documents,‚ÄĚ George‚Äôs petition says.
Three weeks ago Unniyadan had complained to the speaker that George had indulged in activities which would invite provisions of the anti-defection law.
George was elected on the party ticket of Kerala Congress-Mani and when the United Democratic Front government assumed office in 2011, he was appointed as the Chief Whip.
But following a series of acts of indiscipline and defying party leader and state Finance Minister K.M.Mani, George was stripped off the Chief Whip's post in April this year and was suspended from the party.
And after that George has been going hammer and tongs against Mani and his party leadership.
Things went from bad to worse when George fielded a candidate of his outfit Anticorruption Democratic Front at assembly by election at Aruvikara held recently and this led to Unniyadan filing an official complaint with the speaker demanding the dismissal of George as a legislator under the anti-defection law.