Merger Row: HC drops NCP

Cuttack: There was respite for Speaker Pradip Amat on Friday after the Orissa High Court dropped the contempt petition filed by NCP State president Utkal Keshari Parida against him.
The High Court dropped the contempt petition as the Speaker has already taken a decision on the issue late on Thursday night. Speaker Amat last night dismissed the petition of the NCP president to disqualify four party MLAs who joined BJD in June 2012. Amat, after hearing the case, cited that the NCP plea was not filed properly as per the stipulated norms.
The High Court in its order refused to interfere in the case further as the Speaker already took decision on the issue.
Amat on Thursday set aside the petition of Parida seeking disqualification of four legislators- Prasant Nanda, Ramachandra Hansda, Naveen Nanda, Amar Satpathy- who joined BJD last year.
Parida had dubbed the Speaker’s decision as preplanned and warned of moving the court again.
Notably, four legislators had prayed the Speaker to dismiss NCP’s petition through their affidavits. They had alleged that the presentation of the petition was not appropriate as the annexure attached with the petition was not duly signed by the petitioner.