Uttarakhand: The Uttarakhand High Court on Friday dismissed the petition filed by the rebel Congress MLAs challenging the notice issued to them by Assembly speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal.
Out of the 9 rebel MLAs, 8 MLAs had filed the petition with the exception of Vijay Bahuguna. Hearing the matter, Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia dismissed the petition saying that it was baseless and not maintainable.
The High Court, which was closed on Friday, was specially opened to hear the petition at Justice UC Dhyani court.
Bahuguna and the other eight rebel MLAs have also been issued notices by the Speaker under the anti-defection law.
The Speaker has given the 9 Congress MLAs time till tomorrow to respond as to why their assembly membership be not terminated under the provision of the anti defection law.
The Uttarakhand battle reached the corridors of the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday with the BJP demanding President Pranab Mukherjee to dismiss the Harish Rawat-led government while the Congress accused the ruling dispensation at the Centre of attempting to destabilise the grand old party.
Chief Minister Rawat had earlier this week accused the NDA Government of attempting to destabilise his government while rejecting the BJP`s allegations of corruption in his state.