New Delhi, January 7
The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notices to the Centre and the Election Commission in a petition seeking to debar lawmakers disqualified under anti-defection law from contesting the byelections during the term of the House to which they were originally elected.
A Bench, led by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, asked the Centre and the poll panel to respond in four weeks to the petition filed by Jaya Thakur, a Congress leader from Madhya Pradesh, demanded implementation of Article 191(1)(e) read with para 2 of the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution i.e. the anti-defection law. “Once a member of the House incurs disqualification under the Tenth Schedule, he cannot be permitted to contest again during the term for which he was elected,” Thakur submitted. — TNS