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Telangana Speaker gets HC notice over MLAs’ expulsion

In an order that is certain to generate huge political heat, Justice B Siva Sankar Rao of the Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday issued show cause notice to Speaker S Madhusudana Chary  asking him to explain why contempt notice should not be issued to him for wilfully disobeying the order of the court in respect of restoring the Assembly membership of expelled Congress MLAs Komatireddy Venkat Reddy and SA Sampath Kumar. This is the first time that the high court has issued such a notice to the speaker, a constitutional position.

The two MLAs were expelled from the House on March 12 for their ‘unruly behaviour’. Assembly had even notified their expulsions and declared their seats as vacant. The aggrieved MLAs filed the contempt plea saying that though the high court had set aside the expulsions on April 17, the order was not implemented till now. The judge gave the Speaker two weeks time to enter appearance through a counsel and explain his stand to the court and also explain as to why contempt process should not be initiated against him. The charge against the Speaker is that he did not denotify the expulsions after the HC order and this is seen as disobedience that is liable for contempt.

Coming down heavily on Telangana  Assembly secretary V Narasimhacharyulu and state’s law secretary V Niranjan Rao for showing scant regard towards the orders of the court, the judge issued form-1 notices directing them to appear before the court on September 17. The judge suo motu impleaded the DGP and SPs of Nalgonda and Jogulamba Gadwala districts and issued notices to them under contempt of courts Act asking them to explain why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them because they withdrew the security of the expelled MLAs, but the same was not restored after the expulsions were set aside by the court. They were given two weeks time for doing so.

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