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HC dismisses Sanjay Singh's plea seeking PM presence in Parliament, says it's politically motivated

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The High Court has dismissed a plea by MP seeking direction to ensure presence of in Parliament and reply the questions relating to public interest, saying the plea was "politically motivated" and an abuse of the process of law.

A vacation bench of Justices Sangita Dhingra Sehgal and C said though such pleas deserve to be dismissed with heavy costs, it was refraining from imposing any cost. The court warned Singh, an leader that "adventurism" of this nature may not always meet such a lenient response.

"Needless to say the present writ petition cannot be a platform for initiating a roving and fishing enquiry into the sittings of legislators in Parliament. Neither do we find any material, in the writ petition, calling for issuance of any such direction to the Speaker," the bench said.

It further said that the petition was "nothing but an abuse of the process of law and is ex facie, politically motivated".

"It has consumed valuable judicial time and effort, which could have been expended in adjudicating disputes which genuinely deserve a quietus. Such abuse of the judicial process deserves to be deprecated, and we do so," the bench said.

During the hearing yesterday, Rajesh Gogna, appearing for the Centre, said the and of cannot be made a party in the plea and it has to be done through their respective offices.

Singh had sought direction to the to take appropriate steps to ensure presence of all the MPs including the at least 75 per cent of the sittings.

The petition, filed through Mohd Irshad, also sought direction to the to ascertain feasibility of 'no work no pay' for the MPs, if their presence is less than 50 per cent in the House.

Singh had arrayed as parties, the through Ministry of Home Affairs, through the Prime Minister of and the through secretary.

Rebel MLA Kapil Mishra, on June 11, had also moved the high court with a similar plea that be directed to increase his attendance in the legislative Assembly as he has allegedly skipped most of the sittings.

The plea was mentioned before a vacation bench of Justices Sangita Dhingra Sehgal and C which asked the to file the petition and allowed it to be listed for hearing.

Earlier, Kapil Mishra's advocates and had claimed that the rebel (AAP) MLA has contended that in the 27 Assembly sittings held last year, Kejriwal was present only in seven.

"During question hour, he was never present in Assembly in the last 40 months. This shows how serious the is in discussing matters related to the people of and their development and performing the duties expected of them," they had said.

The had also sought directions to the of the Assembly to ensure that the as well as the other MLAs have 75 per cent attendance in the House sessions, saying that the country needs "dedicated and full-time" lawmakers and "not part-time" legislators.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 19:50 IST