GOA: The Congress plea filed before the Supreme Court seeking direction to expedite the disqualification petition against its former 10 MLAs before the speaker is likely to come up for hearing on Monday.
GPCC president Girish Chodankar had approached the apex court pointing out to the nearly nine-month delay by the speaker in deciding the disqualification petition filed against the MLAs.
Chodankar in his plea had cited an order in the Manipur assembly case passed by the Supreme Court in March and sought direction to restrain the MLAs from attending the assembly proceedings during the pendency of the disqualification petition.
In August 2019, Congress filed a disqualification petition before the speaker against the 10 rebel MLAs who quit and joined BJP in July 2019. Chodankar, who has filed the petition before the speaker, had sought that the 10 MLAs be restrained from attending assembly proceedings and holding constitutional posts till the case is decided by the speaker.
Congress MLAs led by deputy chief minister Chandrakant Kavlekar joined BJP claiming that the Congress had split. The remaining nine MLAs were Isidore Fernandes, Nilkanth Halarnkar, Jennifer Monserrate, Antonio Fernandes, Francisco Silveira, Wilfred D’Sa, Clafasio Dias, Filipe Neri Rodrigues and Antanasio Monserrate.
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