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The Supreme Court on Friday declined to hear a plea by AAP MLA Colonel (Retd) Devender Sehrawat challenging the disqualification notice issued to him by the Delhi Assembly Speaker under the anti-defection law.

At today’s hearing, the bench comprising Justices Sanjiv Khanna and B R Gavai observed that the petitioner Devender Sehrawat had presented a similar petition earlier in which the same allegations were made against him which was dismissed by the court.

To this, the counsel of the petitioner referred Vishwanathan’s case.

The bench countered the reference saying that “the petitioner has not been expelled but has been suspended which is different from the referred case where the petitioner had been expelled”.

The counsel prayed for the withdrawal of the petition from the bench.

The bench granted the permission.

Besides Sehrawat, another AAP MLA Anil Bajpai has been issued disqualification notice under anti-defection law.

Sehrawat who represents Brijwasan as an MLA had defected to BJP on the grounds that he was suspended from the AAP after he objected to some party members conduct harassing women in Punjab.

—India Legal Bureau

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