HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad High Court on Friday directed the counsel for legislative affairs of Andhra Pradesh to submit the required material related to the suspension of YSRC MLA RK Roja for a period of one year from the Assembly.
Justice P V Sanjay Kumar dealt with a writ petition by Nagari MLA Roja seeking directions to the AP Legislative Assembly to allow her to participate in the Assembly sessions by setting aside the suspension orders of December 18, 2015.
Senior counsel D Prakash Reddy, appearing for the petitioner, submitted that the writ petition is maintainable as the fundamental rights of the petitioner were affected. As per the Legislative Assembly Rules, the Speaker has got power to suspend a member only till end of that particular session, but not for one year or for the remaining period of the Assembly.
The senior counsel contended that the Speaker has not followed the procedure in suspending the petitioner for one year period. Though representations were made for providing a copy of the suspension order, the legislature secretary has failed to furnish the same till date, he pointed out.
On the other hand, additional advocate general D Srinivas, appearing for AP legislative affairs department, said that the Speaker has the power to suspend a member for one year.
The judge directed the AP legislative affairs to submit the required material in the case and posted the matter to Monday for further hearing.