Madhya Pradesh High Court here on Thursday stayed the conviction of BJP’s disqualified MLA from Pawai Prahlad Singh Lodhi.
His counsels later talking to media persons claimed that this nullifies the disqualification order issued by the assembly Speaker and Lodhi would continue to remain an MLA, in the light of the order. However, the HC has scheduled the matter for hearing on January 7.
After a Bhopal special court had awarded two-year jail-term to Lodhi in connection with an old case of beating up a tehsiladar in Panna district, the assembly secretariat was quick to issue an order handing disqualification to Lodhi.
The leader had then approached the HC which after the hearing stayed his conviction in the case. Lodhi’s counsel advocate RN Singh told, “We have argued on two points – our client having strong case of acquittal and he might suffer irreparable loss in case the conviction remains in force and he loses his membership to assembly.”
The lawyer claimed that the court accepted our arguments and stayed the conviction till Jan 7 when the matter would be taken up for hearing yet again.
This means, the lawyer said assembly speaker’s order on disqualification stands nullified and Lodhi would continue to be the MLA. The lawyer also claimed that the court had observed that assembly secretariat had acted in haste in this matter.
Commenting on the verdict, former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan claimed that it was all a well-planned conspiracy against Lodhi as he was not given time to appeal in the court on his jail term. The Congress government had done all this to secure a majority in the assembly. “The justice has been done,” he added.
Congress media in-charge Shobha Oza commenting on the development said that despite a stay granted on the conviction of BJP’s former MLA Prahlad Singh Lodhi by the HC, his membership to assembly would continue to be revoked in the light of the Supreme Court order dated July 10, 2013.