Top Court rejects plea filed by AAP rebel MLA Devender Sehrawat against disqualification notice

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The Supreme Court on Friday refused to interfere with the petition filed by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator, Devinder Sehrawat, who had challenged the disqualification notice issued to him by the Delhi Assembly Speaker under the anti-defection law.

While rejecting the plea, the Vacation Bench comprising Justices Sanjeev Khanna and BR Garavai asserted that MLA can raise his grievances during the proceedings on the disqualification notice before the Delhi Assembly Speaker.

Following the top court’s directive, Sehrawat’s counsel withdrew the petition.

A Disqualification notice has been served to the former legislator under the anti-defection Law.

The Delhi ruling Aam Aadmi Party had last week moved to the Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, seeking disqualification of its two MLAs who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in a run-up to the national elections, party Spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj told media.

The two Lawmakers – Anil Bajpai from Gandhi Nagar and Devinder Sehrawat from Bijwasan – had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on May 3 and May 6 respectively in a run-up to the national polls.

On AAP’s request, Delhi Assembly Speaker issued a notice to both the Lawmakers who shifted to BJP. Goel said, ‘A notice has been issued to both the MLAs under the anti-defection Law and both have to respond on that by June 24’.

Following which Sehrawat moved to the Top Court challenging the disqualification notice served by the Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel.

AAP Spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj had earlier said that the party has moved a petition against the rebel MLAs in a bid to disqualify them from the Delhi assembly.

Sehrawat had earlier claimed that he has not taken the BJP’s membership. ‘Even on the BJP dais, I had said that I have not taken the party membership. There is a due process before seeking my disqualification’, said Anil Bajpai as quoted by NDTV.



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