GOA: Congress has appealed to the Supreme Court for an urgent hearing of its state president Girish Chodankar’s petition against Goa speaker Rajesh Patnekar seeking disqualification of the MLAs who left Congress and MGP to join BJP. The petition was likely to come up for hearing on August 26, but the case has not been listed till September 2. Congress has asked for a hearing on September 4.
Chodankar’s advocate Sahil Tagotra, in an application to the Supreme Court registrar, stated that the apex court had asked for the case to be “put up after two weeks”, but no tentative date of listing is reflected in the case status. Seeking an urgent hearing, Tagotra stated that disqualification proceedings filed by Congress before Patnekar have been pending for more than a year.
“The said delay is in direction violation of the judgment of this court in Keisham Meghchandra Singh vs speaker of Manipur legislative assembly. Since the main issue in the writ petition itself concerns inordinate delay by respondent No. 1 (Patnekar), any additional delay in listing of the matter, despite specific direction of the court to list the same will irreversibly prejudice the petitioner’s case,” Tagotra stated.
The News24 Goa