New Delhi, May 16, 2017: The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday challenged the appointments Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Keshav Prasad Maurya as his deputy.
Sanjay Sharma, a social activist, in his public interest litigation (PIL), has alleged that since both Adityanath and Maurya were Lok Sabha MPs and were drawing salaries and other dividends, they do not have a right to be in the positions of power in the state government.
The petitioner has cited the Prevention of Disqualification Act of 1959 and has called for nullifying the appointment of both Adityanath and Maurya.
While Adityanath is an MP from Gorakhpur, Maurya is a Lok Sabha member from Phoolpur in Allahabad. Maurya is also the BJP’s Uttar Pradesh unit chief.
A division bench comprising justices Sudhir Agrawal and Virendra Kumar passed the order on the PIL.
After hearing Advocate General of Uttar Pradesh Raghvendra Singh, the court issued a notice to Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi, seeking his views on the matter as there were no precedents, Sanjay Sharma told media.
Adityanath and Maurya aren’t resigning from their Lok Sabha posts so they can vote in the July presidential election, he added.
The Lucknow bench of the high court has set the matter for next hearing on May 24.