Kapil Sibal cites 18-month delay in disqualification plea of Goa MLAs

Congress leader and senior advocate Kapil Sibal on Monday told the Supreme Court that a plea by Goa Congress leader
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Kapil Sibal, File Photo

NEW DELHI: Congress leader and senior advocate Kapil Sibal on Monday told the Supreme Court that a plea by Goa Congress leader Girish Chodankar seeking disqualification of 10 MLAs who switched to the BJP from the Congress in July 2019, has been pending for one-and-a-half years.

Sibal contended before a bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde that the disqualification petition with the Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly was filed in August 2019 and no decision has been taken so far.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing some of the MLAs whose disqualification has been sought, said the reply on Chodankar’s plea has already been filed and the matter can be fixed for hearing. The bench also comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian, told Sibal, who was representing Chodankar, that it will take up the plea in the second week of February. The Congress leader urged the apex court to ask the Speaker to decide the matter.

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