Bengal assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee to move SC over Mukul Roy disqualification plea case

News Desk: Bengal assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee is planning to move the Supreme Court against a recent Calcutta High Court order on the Mukul Roy disqualification plea case. The HC had last Tuesday asked Banerjee to decide on the petition to disqualify Roy, under the anti-defection law, by October 7.

Leader of opposition Suvendu Adhikari had filed the petition against Roy, who had switched over from BJP to Trinamool. While the hearing was pending, the speaker appointed Roy the PAC chairman.

Banerjee consulted legal opinion following the HC directive and said he was mulling moving the Supreme Court this week.

Sources hinted that some top lawyers were going to represent the speaker as he wanted to point out that the HC was making an attempt to exert its power on the legislature and the HC was overstepping its jurisdiction in issuing directives to the speaker.

The HC division bench of acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Rajarshi Bhardwaj had said that in case of failure to meet the deadline, it would decide further course of action.

BJP MLA Ambika Roy had challenged Mukul Roy’s appointment as PAC chairman as the latter had joined Trinamool but did not resign from BJP or from his MLA post.