High Court quashes disqualification of P C George as MLA

Monday, Mar 14, 2016,11:43 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kochi: The Kerala High Court has quashed the Assembly Speaker’s order disqualifying P.C. George as a member of the state legislature.

George was disqualified by the Speaker with retrospective effect from 2015 June 3 under anti-defection law on the basis of a petition filed by Government chief whip Thomas Unniyadan, seeking his disqualification for alleged anti-party activities.

George questioned this, stating that the Speaker’s action was unconstitutional. Considering his petition Monday, Justice V. Chidambaresh said George’s disqualification is null and void.

The court observed that the Speaker could have heard George’s version before initiating action against him, and termed it as unfair and one-sided.

It has also been observed that there were no seal or sign in the concerned order.

PC George submitted his letter of resignation to the Speaker on 2015 November 12. Without considering this, the Speaker issued an order making PC George disqualified from Assembly membership.

The court said it was unfair, and ordered that the Speaker should take a decision on this matter as per rules.

George said he felt very bad hearing a mediaperson calling the Speaker “idiot.” The remark is suitable for Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, on whose behest the Speaker acted, according to him.