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HJC-Cong 'merger': HJC chief asks HC to get notice against Assandh MLA

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, September 23, 2013
First Published: 22:44 IST(23/9/2013) | Last Updated: 22:45 IST(23/9/2013)

Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) chief Kuldeep Bishnoi told the Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday that Assandh (Karnal) MLA Zile Ram Sharma was intentionally avoiding service of high court notice issued to him since February and for affecting service of notice, it should now be published in newspapers.

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The development took place during the hearing of the case in which Bishnoi has challenged validity of Haryana assembly speaker's order dismissing disqualification petitions under the anti-defection law of five HJC MLAs, who had joined the Congress in 2011.

Bishnoi has sought the disqualification of five defector MLAs - Satpal Sangwan, Vinod Bhayana, Narendra Singh, Zile Ram Sharma and Dharam Singh - with effect from November 5, 2009, when they had switched sides to join the ruling Congress in the state.

However, CBI special magistrate, Panchkula, had on September 21 sent Zile Ram Sharma to judicial custody for his alleged involvement in abetment to suicide of former Kambopura (Karnal) sarpanch in 2007. Former sarapanch, Karam Singh, 60, was found dead on June 7, 2011, in Karnal.

The order under challenge by Bishnoi in his petition was issued by the speaker on January 13, holding the merger of two political parties (HJC and Congress) as conclusive.

Hisar MP Kuldeep Bishnoi has challenged the speaker's orders on the ground that it was based on "mala fide consideration" and the story of merger of parties was absolutely false and had been "concocted". This has been done only to save the five MLAs from the clutches of disqualification under the anti-defection law, the court was told.

The case will now come up for hearing on September 25.

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