Almost 18 months after 12 MLAs and four MLCs who were elected on Congress tickets were allowed to join the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi without relinquishing their legislator posts, the Telangana high court served notices to the state legislative assembly and council.
In the line of the notices issued, the respondents need to submit an explanation within four weeks. The case has also thrown it open to debate if legislature parties can be merged without the actual merger of the parties.
Acting on a petition questioning the merger, a bench of chief justice Hima Kohli and justice B Vijaysen Reddy served notices to Assembly Speaker, Council Chairman and secretaries of the two legislative bodies and the Election Commission.
Petitions were filed by Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leaders Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka (Assembly) and Mohammed Shabbir Ali (Legislative Council).