Sharad Yadav to challenge expulsion from Rajya Sabha
‘Mallya’s case was sent to Ethics Committee, mine was not’
Former Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav, who rebelled against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to align with the BJP in that State, has said he would challenge his disqualification from the Rajya Sabha in court.
At a press meet in New Delhi, Mr. Yadav said was denied a fair hearing and did not agree with the reasons for his expulsion put forward in Rajya Sabha Chairperson M. Venkaiah Naidu’s order.
He noted that in the case of former Rajya Sabha MP and liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who has been accused of “looting the public exchequer”, the matter of his expulsion had been sent to the Ethics Committee of Parliament. However, Mr. Yadav and his colleague Ali Namwar, who too lost his membership, were not allowed a similar opportunity to provide their defence, despite being veteran parliamentarians who took up “people’s causes.”
Mr. Yadav said that Mumbai terror attack convict Ajmal Kasab, who was hanged, was allowed to exhaust all appeals available to him but in his case the “Supreme Court”, an apparent reference to Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, gave an order straightaway without referring the matter to a parliamentary committee.