Supreme Court issues notice to BJD president over Pyari row

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 12, 2012 21:39 hrs

The Supreme Court today issued notice to Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president Naveen Patnaik after admitting the writ petition of Rajya Sabha MP and expelled BJD leader Pyari Mohan Mohapatra.

The apex court in its notice to the BJD president wanted to be informed on the reason for not issuing a written order for Mohapatra’s expulsion from the party.

“The SC today admitted my writ petition and said I must be allowed to act as an independent MP in the house. The court has sent a notice to BJD leadership over not issuing a written order,” Mohapatra said.

Mohapatra had moved the Supreme Court earlier this week, seeking the apex court's direction to BJD for issuance of his written expulsion order.

In the absence of written communication to Rajya Sabha from the party, it became difficult for Mohapatra to conduct his day-to-day business in the house as his position was not clear, he had complained.

The BJD said it will take appropriate action once it receives the court notice.

“We have expelled him and do not want him to continue as a BJD MP in the house. However, we will send reply to the court notice once we receive it,” said Prabhat Tripathy, government chief whip.

The BJD state executive committee had expelled the one-time confidant of Chief Minister Patnaik on November 16, after keeping his membership under suspension over more than six months, citing his involvement in anti-party activities.

Pyari allegedly masterminded the plot to unseat Patnaik in May this year. Even after his suspension in June, he floated a forum called Odisha Jan Morcha (OJM) within the party and has been raising his voice to remove Patnaik.

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