Sharad Yadav to chal­lenge ex­pul­sion from Ra­jya Sabha

‘Mallya’s case was sent to Ethics Com­mit­tee, mine was not’

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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.

Sharad Yadav

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