Suspension of YSRCP MLA Roja – Hearing begins

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Justice P.V.Sanjay Kumar of Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday commenced hearing on petition moved by YSRCP MLA R.K.Roja challenging her suspension from the AP Legislative Assembly proceedings for a period of one year by Speaker Dr. Kodela Siva Prasada Rao.

D.Praksh Reddy, counsel appearing for the petitioner submitted that the Speaker has not followed the procedure while suspending the petitioner from House and notice was also not served to the petitioner before suspension. He said that when a resolution was moved, the Speaker straight away suspended the petitioner and the House was also not even stated under which rule the suspension was made.

Speaker not acted in line with business rules

The counsel for Roja informed the court that the Speaker has not acted in accordance with the Business Rules. He said that the Speaker has placed her under suspension without the recommendations of the committee recommendations which is in violation of natural justice. He cited the apex court orders.

Additional Advocate General Dammlapati Srinivas placing his arguments said that the Speaker has wide powers under rule 194(3) and Roja was suspended based on the rule. The case has been posted to Wednesday.

It may be recalled that Roja has filed a petition in the Hyderabad High Court seeking quashing of the proceedings issued by the Speaker. Prakash Reddy putting forth his arguments said that the Speaker can suspend an MLA for a session and cannot suspend for an year without recommendations of committee. He said that the Speaker has acted unilaterally and in against with the natural law of justice. He submitted the copy of the Supreme Court judgment in a case of suspension of six MLAs belonging to DMK party in Tamil Nadu. He said that the same judgement too will be applied in this case too, he said.

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