The Supreme Court on Friday refused to interfere with the petition filed by rebel Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator, Devinder Sehrawat, who had challenged the disqualification notice issued to him by the Delhi Assembly Speaker under the anti-defection law. Sehrawat, a legislator from Bijwasan, had recently quit the AAP, accusing it of ignoring and insulting him. Soon after quiting the AAP, Shehrawat had joined the BJP last month.
A vacation bench of Supreme Court, comprising Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice BR Gavai, refused to entertain the plea and said that Sherawat can his grievances during the proceedings on the disqualification notice before the Assembly Speaker. The counsel appearing for Sehrawat withdrew the plea after the top court said that it was not inclined to hear the petition by the rebel AAP MLA.
In his plea, Shehrawat had claimed that the disqualification notice issued to him was arbitrary and illegal since he has still not taken primary membership of the BJP. Besides Shehrawat, the Delhi Assembly Secretariat had also issued a notice to another rebel AAP MLA Anil Bajpai under the anti-defection law for joining the BJP.
Bajpai, a legislator from the Gandhi Nagar constituency, had also quit the AAP months ahead of the Legislative Assembly elections in Delhi. Following their move to switch loyality just before elections, the AAP had moved a petition before the Assembly speaker seeking their disqualification.
AAP spokesperson and MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj had filed a complaint against the two MLAs, seeking their disqualification. Sehrawat and Bajpai were on Tuesday given a week’s time by the Delhi Assembly Speaker to submit their replies.