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Supreme Court to hear Cong’s petition against speaker

GOA: The Supreme Court on Tuesday listed  the hearing of a petition filed by Congress against the speaker of Goa assembly and ten former Congress MLAs, who joined BJP, including deputy chief minister Chandrakant Kavalekar and two ministers, for expediting the decision on 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 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.

On July 10, 2019, rebel Congress MLAs led by Kavalekar joined BJP claiming that the Congress Legislature Party had split. The remaining nine MLAs were Isidore Fernandes, Nilkanth Halarnkar, revenue minister Jennifer Monserrate, Antonio Fernandes, Francisco Silveira, Wilfred Dsa, Clafasio Dias, water resources minister Filipe Rodrigues and Antanasio Monserrate.

 The News 24 Goa

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