PIL filed in Calcutta HC seeking Mukul Roy's removal from post of Public Accounts Committee chairman
Advocate General Kishore Dutta opposed the prayer submitting that the speaker has the sole authority in the Assembly and it is for him to decide who was eligible for the post.
The BJP MLA from Nandigram, along with other legislators, had staged a walkout in the Assembly last week in protest against Roy's appointment as Public Accounts Committee chairman.
There was uproar in the Assembly as BJP lawmakers staged demonstrations and walked out alleging that the PAC chairman post was meant for the opposition party MLAs conventionally.
Earlier in the day, eight BJP MLAs resigned as heads of Assembly panels in protest against Roy's appointment.
As per norms, a legislator of the main opposition party is made the PAC chairperson, and Roy hasn't quit as a BJP MLA in the House, despite switching camps.
BJP MLAs, led by Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari, staged a walkout in the Assembly, protesting against this decision.
Krishna Roy was suffering from post-Covid complications for a long time. She was taken to Chennai from Kolkata sometime back.
Roy was among the 20 MLAs who had filed nominations for the memberships of the PAC on Wednesday.
Roy was among the 20 MLAs who filed nominations for memberships of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the West Bengal assembly on Wednesday.
. Though there is no rule, traditionally the post of chairman of the PAC is given to the opposition party.
Ganga Prasad Sharma alleged that the BJP has ignored the sentiments of grassroots workers while choosing candidates for the assembly polls.
After receiving the RSS alert, the BJP high command had decided to censor Roy and restrict his activities, said a BJP leader in Kolkata.
The displeasure among the party functionaries started emerging after its national vice-president Mukul Roy returned to the ruling Trinamool Congress last week.
BJP's Suvendu Adhikari submits petition to Bengal Speaker seeking Mukul Roy's disqualification as MLA
Earlier this month, Roy rejoined the TMC, of which he was once the second-in-command, following his three-and-a-half year-long stint in the BJP.
Official sources said that the Union Home Ministry has directed the CRPF to recall its detachment deployed with the 67-year-old Roy.