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Allahabad High Court seeks response from Central and UP government on plea asking for Yogi Adityanath, Keshav Prasad Maurya disqualification

The Petitioner Cited The Constitution To Say That A Parliamentarian Cannot Become A Minister In The State Government. He Demanded That The Appointment Of Yogi Adityanath As Chief Minister And Keshav Prasad Maurya As Deputy Chief Minister Be Set Aside And Their Parliamentary Seats Declared Vacant.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Rahul Mishra | Updated on: 24 May 2017, 04:50:53 PM
UP CM Yogi Adityanath, UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya

New Delhi:

The Allahabad High Court on Wednesday asked the Central and the Uttar Pradesh governments to file their response on a petition seeking disqualification of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya for not vacating their parliamentary posts.

The Lucknow bench of the high court had earlier issued a notice to the Attorney General, the country's top law officer,following which Additional Solicitor General Ashok Mehta and UP Advocate General Raghvendra Singh appeared in the court on Wednesday.

The court asked them to file a counter-affidavit so thatthe matter could be decided. A division bench comprising Justices Sudhir Agrawal and Virendra Kumar passed the order on the petition filed by Sanjai Sharma.

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The petitioner cited the Constitution to say that a parliamentarian cannot become a minister in the state government. He demanded that the appointment of Adityanath as chief minister and Maurya as deputy chief minister be set aside and their parliamentary seats declared vacant.

While Adityanath is a member of the Lok Sabha from Gorakhpur, Maurya represents Phulpur in the Lower House of Parliament. The petitioner also challenged the constitutionality of section 3(A) of the Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Act. Since the constitutionality of a central act cannot be tested without hearing the Attorney General, the court issued him notice. 

With PTI inputs

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First Published : 24 May 2017, 04:32:00 PM