The Kerala high court on Monday revoked the state legislative assembly speaker’s decision to disqualify former government chief whip PC George as a legislator.
Revoking the disqualification, the court said the Speaker N Sakthan should have considered his resignation letter before taking action against him.
George was disqualified after his Kerala Congress (Mani) complained to Sakthan that he was expelled after he defied the party whip on a number of occasions.
To pre-empt his disqualification George had submitted his resignation from the assembly last year. However, the Speaker had rejected it and disqualified him. Later, George had challenged the Speaker’s decision in the high court.
“It is another blow to the discredited UDF government. Sad, the Speaker took a hasty decision without consulting both sides,” George said.
A big critic of the Oommen Chandy government, he is likely to contest from his home constituency in Poonjar (Kottayam) with the support of the Left Democratic Front in the upcoming assembly elections.