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Three expelled BJP MPs move Delhi High Court

MPs say their expulsions were illegal and unconstitutional and were beyond the jurisdiction of the Speaker.

india Updated: Jan 04, 2006 18:56 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Three of the six expelled BJP MPs caught accepting money in the "Cash for Questions" scam filed an application on Wednesdayin the Delhi High Court seeking quashing of the expulsions and restoration of their memberships.

The petitioners also urged the court to restrain the Election Commission from issuing any notification to fill up the vacancies caused by their expulsions.

In separate applications filed through their counsels, the three expelled MPs Chandra Pratap Singh, Suresh Chandelal and Yashwanth Mahajan maintained that their expulsions were "illegal" and "unconstitutional."

They contended that the Parliament had no power to effect such expulsions and the action taken by the Speaker Somnath Chattergee was in "excess of his jurisdiction".

The petitioners, while pleading their innocence, complained that the Pawal Bansal Committee that probed the issue adopted a partisan approach by failing to give them even minimum opportunity to defend themselves and hence violated the "principles of natural justice."

On Tuesday, two other expelled MPs, Narender Kumar Kushwar of the BSP and Manoj Kumar of the RJD, had also moved the High Court challenging Parliament's right to strip them of their membership.

First Published: Jan 04, 2006 18:56 IST