HYDERABAD: A division bench of the Hyderabad High Court on Thursday once again asked the Telangana state advocate general to find out how much time would be required by the speaker and chairman of the state legislatures concerned in disposing of pending disqualification petitions filed against some MLAs and MLCs. On earlier occasion, the bench asked the AG to inform about the decision of the legislature authorities on the issue.
On Thursday, the petitioners’ counsel made a mention before the bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Dilip B Bhosale and Justice S V Bhatt with a plea to take up hearing on a batch of petitions seeking directions to the authorities for disqualification of certain MLAs and MLCs on the ground of defection.
The bench asked the Telangana AG to find out from the legislature authorities concerned whether any decision would be taken by the latter on the pending applications or not, and how much time they would require to take a decision. “Inform these details to the court by next date of hearing,’’ the bench told the AG.
In his reply, AG K Ramkrishna Reddy said that the court cannot have a judicial review on the petitions which were pending before the legislature.
Intervening, the bench made it clear that the court will decide whether it will have a judicial review on the issue or not only after knowing the details sought by it. The bench posted the matter to July 22.
It may be recalled that the petitioner E Dayakar Rao, TTDP floor leader, in his petition, sought the court to issue direction to the Speaker of Telangana state Assembly to expedite hearing on disqualification of three TDP MLAs Talasani Srinivas Yadav, Teegala Krishna Reddy and Challa Dharma Reddy.
Another petitioner SA Sampath Kumar, Congress MLA, sought disqualification of legislators Kale Yadaiah, DS Redya Naik, G Vittal Reddy and Koram Kanakaiah for joining the TRS.
In another petition, MS Prabhakar Rao, Congress whip in the Telangana Legislative Council, urged the court to declare action of the Council in not fixing a date for hearing of his application seeking for disqualification of MLCs as illegal.