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Supreme Court Orders High Court To Hear Plea By Suspended MLA Roja

A Supreme Court bench consisting Justice Gopala Gowda and Justice Arun Mishra here on Tuesday directed the High Court of Judicature, Hyderabad, to take up the petition of the suspended MLA of the YSRCP, Roja, on Wednesday itself in a big relief to her.

The bench also expressed its displeasure over the actions of the assistant registrar of the High Court who is said to have refused to accept the case and stated such actions would attract disciplinary action.

Directing the HC Chief Justice to take up the case on Wednesday without further delay, the bench said an e-mail would be sent to the High Court in this regard from the SC to facilitate the HC to act at once.

Roja was suspended by Speaker of the AP Assembly Kodela Sivaprasad Rao after the Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrushnudu, proposed her suspension under Rule 340 (2) of the Assembly proceedings during a debate on Call Money racket in Vijayawada.

Roja was suspended for allegedly making derogatory comments against Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in the House. According to rule 340 (1) - The Speaker, if he deems it necessary name a member who disregards the authority of the Chair or abuses the rules of the House by persistently and willfully obstructing the business thereof.

(2) If a member is so named by the Speaker, the Speaker shall on a motion being made, forthwith put the question that the member (naming him) be suspended from the service of the House for a period not exceeding the remainder of the session.

Following this, Roja approached the High Court of Judicature, Hyderabad, challenging the validity of her suspension for one year and sought relief. The High Court struck down her petition seeking a stay order on the suspension.

As a final resort, Roja approached the SC under article 32 of the Indian Constitution which says, “The right to move the Supreme Court by appropriate proceedings for the enforcement of the rights conferred by this Part is guaranteed.

Later talking to the media, Roja said she had reposed her faith in the judiciary and was confident that justice would be done to her.

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