Speaker justifies action in affidavit

Speaker justifies action in affidavit

Speaker K G Bopaiah on Friday filed an affidavit before the High Court defending his order disqualifying the five independent MLAs.

In the affidavit Bopaiah stated that the allegations made against him were baseless. “I had never shown interest in the result of confidence vote. I never colluded or connived with chief minister.”

He stated that he did not have any personal interest in the matter between the chief minister and MLAs. “My action against the independent MLAs was impartial", the Speaker said in the affidavit.

He said that he had discharged his duties in accordance with law and the allegations regarding the breach of the principles of natural justice were not correct.

"While passing the order I have exercised the power vested with me under 10th Schedule of the constitution and my actions are protected from the judicial scrutiny under the Article 212 of the Constitution of India", Speaker said. 

Regarding the allegations of haste in passing the orders, Bopaiah said the contentions of the petitioners have been rejected by the Division Bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice N Kumar.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa too has filed two affidavits denying the allegations against him. In his objections to the applications by Shivraj S Thangadgi and D Sudhakar seeking to implead him, the Chief Minister has said he never used any influence nor used his office for the purpose of passing any orders by the Speaker.

Yeddyurappa said the independent MLAs have joined BJP and shared dias with him in party functions.

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