SC bars Cong legislator from voting in Assembly

MLA Jogesh Singh allowed to attend House conditionally

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday barred the Congress MLA representing Sundargarh, Jogesh K. Singh, from voting in the Orissa Assembly in a case linked to the disqualification of his election.
The SC in its order granted partial stay against the earlier Orissa High Court order. The SC bench which heard the case said, “Issue notice in the appeals and also in the applications for stay. Meanwhile, the petitioner shall be entitled to attend and participate in the proceedings of the Assembly. However, he shall not have the right to vote.”
Jogesh had challenged the Orissa High Court order on his disqualification in the Supreme Court. A two-judge SC bench comprising Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice AK Sikri Tuesday heard submissions of the petitioner (Jogesh) regarding his appeal against the Orissa HC order.
During the hearing which lasted around two minutes, senior SC lawyer and Congress leader Kapil Sibal who represented Jogesh argued that the case is not related to corruption and the court should consider the point. Sibal submitted that documents like PAN and other details were submitted by the petitioner to the Election Commission during nomination.
According to lawyers associated with the case, during the debate it was also mentioned that some facts on disclosure of personal information of the MLA had been suppressed to which the SC said such matters needed further hearing. The Sc is now all set to hear the civil appeal and stay appeal on the case afresh on the next date of the hearing which is yet to be announced.


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