The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed former JD(U) president and ex-MP of Rajya Sabha, Sharad Yadav, to retain his official bungalow but modified the Delhi High Court order by stopping his salary and allowances. Yadav had moved court challenging his disqualification from the upper house after JD(U) had expelled him.
The High Court had allowed Yadav his salary and allowances till the pendency of his plea challenging his disqualification from the Rajya Sabha.
The Supreme Court vacation bench of justices AK Goel and Ashok Bhushan allowed him to retain his official bungalow, as ordered by the high court on December 15 last year. The high court, however, had refused to grant interim stay on his disqualification as a Rajya Sabha MP.
The apex court’s decision came on a plea by JD (U)’s Rajya Sabha MP Ramchandra Prasad Singh challenging the Delhi High Court’s interim order which had allowed Yadav to retain his official residence in New Delhi and draw his salary, allowances and perks.
The interim order of the high court had come on Yadav’s plea challenging his disqualification on several grounds, including that he was not given any chance to present his case by the Rajya Sabha chairman before passing an order against him and his colleague and then MP Ali Anwar on December 4, 2017.
On May 18, the top court had agreed to hear the appeal by Ramchandra Prasad Singh and issued a notice to Yadav. Singh had sought the disqualification of Yadav and Anwar on the grounds that they had attended a rally of opposition parties in Patna in violation of the party’s directives.
Yadav had joined hands with the opposition after JD(U) president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had broken away from the ‘grand alliance’ with the RJD and the Congress in Bihar and tied up with the BJP in July last year.
Yadav was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2016 and his term was scheduled to end in July 2022. Anwar’s term as a Rajya Sabha MP expired in April this year. Both were disqualified under the anti-defection law.
(With inputs from PTI)