The Supreme Court rejected a request by rebel AAP MLA Devender Sehrawat challenging a notification of disqualification under the anti-defection law given to him by the Secretariat of the Delhi Assembly for allegedly entering the BJP.
A vacation bench comprising Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice B R Gavai informed Sehrawat's advice that the lawmaker could raise his grievances before the Assembly Speaker during the disqualification notice proceedings. After the court said it was unwilling to hear the plea, the petition was withdrawn by Sehrawat's counsel.
Sehrawat, an MLA from the Bijwasan Assembly section, stated he had not yet taken the BJP's main membership, and the notice of disqualification given to him was arbitrary and illegal. He moved the apex court against the notification of disqualification given under the anti-defection law on Wednesday. In addition to Sehrawat, the Secretariat of the Delhi Assembly also issued a notice to another rebel AAP MLA, Anil Bajpai, a Gandhi Nagar constituency legislator, after the party filed a petition requesting their disqualification under the anti-defection law to join the BJP.
AAP spokesman and MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj had lodged a complaint against the two MLAs for their disqualification. The Delhi Assembly Speaker gave Sehrawat and Bajpai a week's time on Tuesday to send their replies.