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Amarinder moves HC challenging his expulsion from Assembly

india Updated: Sep 12, 2008 01:17 IST

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Embattled former chief minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court challenging his expulsion from the state Assembly.

The petition by the Congress leader came up before a division bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and K S Ahluwalia which referred it to another bench.

In an unprecedented action, the Punjab Assembly had on Wednesday expelled Singh from the House following his indictment in a graft case and declared the seat vacant for holding by-election.

Singh, 66, was expelled after a nine-member committee of the Assembly headed by ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA Harish Rai Dhanda indicted him and three others in the Amritsar Improvement Trust land exemption case.

The House also asked vigilance bureau to launch criminal proceedings against the former chief minister and submit a report within two months.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday denied that his government was indulging "political vendetta" against his opponents and asserted that "it was a collective decision of the house."

"I assure you that there is no political vendetta against the opponents...Congress has made it a habit to call anything against them as vendetta politics of Akali Dal," the Shiromani Akali Dal chief told reporters in Chandigarh.