Supreme Court gives relief to YSRCP MLA Roja

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Friday, April 22, 2016
New Delhi

Supreme Court of India
Supreme Court of India

A Division Bench of Supreme Court today gave relief to YSRCP Nagari MLA R.K.Roja.

The Division Bench has ordered the advocate appearing on behalf of the government to handover the explanation letter given by Roja to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker. The Bench directed to take a decision on the letter in regular secession or in special session and also directed the Secretary, AP Assembly Affairs to permit her in the Assembly proceedings. The court set a dead line of eight weeks’ time to take a final call. In the event of failure, the court will again take up the matter once again, the Division Bench clarified. The Bench also suggested not to magnify the issue and ordered for an amicable settlement said sources. The case has been posted to the first week of August.

Roja expressing happiness over the directions said that the comments are not meant to hurt any one. She said that she is prepared to withdraw comments if it hurts any one. She expressed the hope that with the Apex court directions, she will get justice in the Assembly.

It may be recalled that a Division Bench of Justices V.Gopala Gowda and Arun Mishra took up the case yesterday and expressed disappointment about the standard of political debate while deciding the case of Roja who is fighting over her one year’s suspension for alleged using of abusive language against the TDP members including Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. The Bench advised Roja to tender a personal explanation of the circumstances of her alleged behavior to the Speaker with a line noting her regret. If this was done, the court said the onus was on the Assembly to drop all three proceedings against her. Roja sought and was granted a day’s time to respond to the suggestion of the court. If she disagrees, the Bench would continue to hear her case against her suspension. However, the Bench made it clear that it was not forcing the her to apologize and was equally willing to hear and decide the case based on merits. Justice Gowda said it would only be in the larger interest that legislators of the State of Andhra Pradesh bury their hatches now and stand together to re-build their State after crippling impact of its recent bifurcation.

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