O P Sharma misled court, lied in his petition: Government

High Court to pronounce order today on BJP MLA’s plea challenging suspension for two assembly sessions

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published: June 11, 2016 4:12 am
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Forgoing a second vacation day to put an end to the BJP-AAP spat over the suspension of BJP MLA O P Sharma, a bench of the Delhi High Court will pronounce its order Saturday on whether it can hear the plea filed by Sharma challenging his suspension.

The bench of Justice Manmohan Singh had called Sharma and AAP MLA Alka Lamba to his court Thursday to “settle the matter”, even though the court was closed.

As no consensus could be reached, the judge decided to hear the case Friday. Sharma had been suspended for two sessions for making “derogatory remarks” against Lamba. He has denied the charge and claimed his words were taken out of context.

Opposing the plea filed by Sharma, the Delhi government told the bench that the BJP MLA had “shamelessly lied in his petition” and “misled” the court regarding Assembly proceedings which led to his suspension.

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Senior advocate Sudhir Nandrajog, however, conceded that the court would have the jurisdiction to hear pleas against a decision of the Assembly, but argued that Sharma had filed the “wrong memo of parties” as he had not made the government a party to the case.

Nandrajog also pointed out several instances of alleged misbehaviour by Sharma, claiming he had “broken the discipline” of the House.

Sharma’s counsel, senior advocate Aman Lekhi, argued that the Assembly had “acted contrary to its own rules” in suspending Sharma as he was being “punished thrice” for the same incident. Lekhi said the Assembly Speaker had asked Sharma to leave the House for the day, and then issued suspension orders for the two next sessions. “This is a case of misapplication of legislative privilege,” argued Lekhi, adding that “the House cannot change procedures on a whim”.

Nandrajog said while Sharma had been asked to leave the House on a previous occasion, no motion had been moved to suspend him, on any other occasion.

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  1. Venkataraman Jagadesan
    Jun 11, 2016 at 1:09 am
    It is a shame that we have an embly at delhi and every day some problem or the other happening and we are all mute spectators to watch it. Had the members in the embly been equally shared by all the 3 parties this type of ridiculous drama will not be taking place. It is the fault of delhites to allow the drama party to rule them and now they are to suffer for it. Madam Shiela ruled the state for continuous 3 terms and there was no problem. The delhites deserve this punishment. Jai HInd.
    1. S
      Jun 11, 2016 at 10:05 pm
      Delhiites should have NOT brought even these 3 BJP goons and antisocial elements in the house. Yes they should be blamed for it. And dont say JaiHind you stani mulla. Say BMKJ and go back to prkistan