A Madhya Pradesh Congress legislator’s plea within the Supreme Courtroom to restrain 12 defected Congress lawmakers to proceed as ministers within the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP authorities was rendered infructuous on Wednesday, after the current by-elections to 28 seats allowed these MLAs to contest afresh on BJP ticket.
A 3-judge bench led by CJI SA Bobde dismissed the petition filed by Vinay Saxena, an MLA of the Indian Nationwide Congress (INC) from Jabalpur (North) constituency. The petition was filed in March, at a time when the disqualification petitions towards 22 insurgent Congress MLAs (together with the 12 legislators in query) was pending motion with the Speaker of the Madhya Pradesh meeting.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who appeared for Saxena, knowledgeable the courtroom that it was unlucky that regardless of the petition being filed in March, delay in listening to rendered it infructuous. “Those that must have been disqualified, no motion has been taken whilst issues are languishing in courts towards their disqualification,” Sibal stated. This was not the lone case, he added, pointing to related pleas languishing within the apex courtroom towards defected legislators in Goa, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
Twenty-two Congress MLAs who switched sides to hitch the BJP led to the downfall of the Kamal Nath authorities within the state in March.
“Time is sought by each side. Even you ask for adjournment,” CJI Bobde remarked, pointing to Sibal.
Bye-elections to 28 vacant seats within the state had been held on November three, the outcomes of which will likely be declared on November 10.