Bhubaneswar: Odisha Assembly Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat, whose special leave petition (SLP) was dismissed by Supreme Court over the joining issue of four Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislators with BJD, on Monday filed a review petition in the apex court.
The Speaker had filed the SLP challenging an order of the Odisha High Court which asked the Speaker to decide on the validity of the MLAs’ membership in the state Assembly. Amat had questioned admissibility of the case on the ground that a citizen, who is not a member of the legislature, cannot raise the disqualification issue.
However, the SC rejecting the SLP asked the Speaker to decide on the membership of the MLAs within eight weeks.
Notably, state unit president of NCP Utkal Keshari Parida, on January 31, filed four different contempt petitions against the Speaker in Orissa High Court for allegedly violating orders of High Court and Supreme Court.
Four MLAs, Amar Prasad Satpathy, Ramachandra Hansda, Prashant Nanda and Nabin Nanda had quit NCP and joined BJD in June, 2012. The NCP state chief had then filed petition with Assembly Speaker seeking disqualification of the legislators.