SC reserves order on MLAs suspension | India News

SC reserves order on MLAs suspension | India News


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its order on the pleas of 12 BJP MLAs challenging the Maharashtra assembly’s decision to suspend them for one year for allegedly misbehaving with the presiding officer. Wrapping up the hearing, a bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and CT Ravikumar granted the parties one week to file their written submissions.
During the hearing, the aggrieved MLAs submitted that prolonged suspension was worse than expulsion and it’s also a punishment for the constituency which would remain unrepresented in the House for a long period. The one-year suspension was grossly irrational, arbitrary and illegal, they alleged.
On December 14 last year, the Supreme Court had sought responses from the Maharashtra legislative assembly and the state government on the pleas filed by the MLAs challenging the resolution passed by the House to suspend them for one year.
The MLAs are Sanjay Kute, Ashish Shelar, Abhimanyu Pawar, Girish Mahajan, Atul Bhatkhalkar, Parag Alavani, Harish Pimpale, Yogesh Sagar, Jay Kumar Rawat, Narayan Kuche, Ram Satpute and Bunty Bhangdia.
The bench further observed that suspension beyond six months might be against constitutional provisions and such prolonged suspension would be against democracy.





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