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Hyderabad HC revokes disqualification of two Congress MLAs

IANS  |  Hyderabad 

In a setback to the government, the on Tuesday revoked the disqualification of two legislators of opposition from the state Assembly.

Justice set aside the expulsion of Komatireddy Venkat Reddy and S.A. Sampath Kumar and directed that their membership be restored.

The court observed that if they have done anything wrong, the government may take disciplinary action but removing them from the House was not proper.

The two legislators were disqualified from the Assembly last month after they tried to disrupt the Governor's address on the first day of the Budget Session on March 12.

Amid the ruckus, the members allegedly threw headphones, injuring in his eye. The legislators denied the allegations.

The next day, the Assembly passed a resolution expelling the two members.

The legislators had challenged their disqualification and also a gazette notification issued by the notifying vacancy for Nalgonda and Alampur (SC) Assembly constituencies, which they were representing.

Earlier, in its interim order, the court had directed the not to issue poll schedule for by-elections in their constituencies for six months.

The leaders, in their petition, argued that that they were not given any notice or opportunity to explain the alleged obstruction or interruption or undignified behaviour at the time of Governor's address, but they were singled out as had a personal vendetta against them.

Reacting to the court verdict, Venkat Reddy said justice has prevailed and the "fell in his own trap". The former said despite all its conspiracies, the TRS could not harm him.

State said the court judgment was a "slap on the face of the TRS government", adding at least now the government should mend its ways and function in a democratic fashion.

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 18:04 IST
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