HC issues contempt noticesto three ‘defector’ MLAs

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday issued contempt notices to three “defector” MLAs — Satpal Sangwan,Vinod Bhayana and Narendera Singh — for allegedly not complying with the court directions which had declared them “unattached” and restrained them from holding office.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:January 4, 2012 12:53 am

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday issued contempt notices to three “defector” MLAs — Satpal Sangwan,Vinod Bhayana and Narendera Singh — for allegedly not complying with the court directions which had declared them “unattached” and restrained them from holding office.

Justice Surya Kant of the High Court issued the notices on a petition filed by MP Kuldeep Bishnoi.

Appearing on behalf of Bishnoi,senior lawyer Satya Pal Jain contended that despite the High Court directions to the government not to allow three “defector” MLAs to hold office,the trio were continuing in their posts.

The court told them to file their responses by January 11.

In a separate petition filed by Bishnoi,Justice Alok Singh adjourned the case to January 11,asking Bishnoi to convince the court on the maintainability of the petition.

Declaring five “defector” MLAs as “unattached”,the High Court had made it clear that the five MLAs would only attend session and not hold office. The other two MLAs — Zile Ram Sharma and Dharam Singh — are not holding any office. So,they were not issued notices.

Contending on behalf of Bishnoi,Jain argued that despite the High Court’s directions neither the three MLAs,holding office,had relinquished their charge nor had the Haryana government removed them from office.

Bishnoi sought court directions to the Haryana government to explain under which provision of law,the state was allowing the three MLAs to continue in the office.

The High Court,on December 20,had passed a scathing judgment against Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Kuldeep Sharma for causing delay in the adjudication of petitions filed by Bishnoi.

Furthermore,the High Court had prima facie ruled that the merger of five MLAs with the Congress did not take place,and suspended the merger which was upheld by the then Speaker H S Chatha in 2009.

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