High Court denies interfering in disqualification of MLCs, says not illegal

The bench comprising of Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice Shameem Akther pronounced its judgements in the two pleas separately in which it found no illegality in the orders .

TRS party had filed pleas before the council chairman seeking the disqualification of the two MLCs on the ground that they defected to Congress prior to the assembly elections.

Despite getting elected from a TRS ticket, they switched loyalties to Congress just before the Dec 2018 polls and without relinquishing MLC posts which they got with the support of TRS. The chairman disqualified both of them.

The two legislators approached high court and challenged the decision of the chairman. They claimed that they never joined Congress party.

One of them said that he was nominated by Governor and hence the party affiliations are not applicable to them. The other MLC said that he only went and thanked Sonia and Rahul for granting statehood to Telangana and this need not be seen as joining Congress.

Additional advocate general J Ramachandra Rao furnished proof of these MLCs joining the Congress.

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