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Delay in deciding TN MLAs disqualification unnecessary: SC

Citing inaction and unnecessary delay, the Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Tamil Nadu Advocate General to tell, by February 14, when will the Assembly Speaker decide on disqualification petitions filed in March, 2017 against Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and other MLAs.

Chief Justice S.A. Bobde said the Speaker”s three-year delay on deciding disqualification pleas was “unnecessary”.

“There is a judgment by this court now, which says the Speaker should decide within three months… But apart from this judgment, the Speaker cannot hold on to disqualification proceedings as long as three years”, said the Chief Justice.

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