SC lets KM Shaji attend Assembly

SC lets KM Shaji attend Assembly


Delhi, Nov 22: Muslim League leader KM Shaji, who was disqualified as MLA by Kerala High Court for violating election code, got the Supreme Court's consent to participate in the Kerala Assembly proceedings.
The court passed the oral order on Thursday as the High Court stay on its disqualification order is to end on Friday. The verdict was given by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.
Shaji had sought an interim ex-parte stay of the operation of the November 9 order of the High Court which also disqualified him from contesting election for the next six years.
The High Court had pronounced the disqualification verdict on grounds that he had tried to incite communal divide. The court stayed the order for two weeks to give him time to move the Supreme Court.
The apex court did not allow early hearing of the plea.
The verdict which disqualified Shaji had also directed that fresh election be held.

Shaji had won the Azhikode constituency in Kannur district in a bitterly fought battle against MV Nikesh Kumar of by a margin of 2,462 votes. He had represented the constituency in the earlier House as well.