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Lok Sabha reinstates membership of Lakshadweep MP PP Mohammad Faizal

Parliament membership of Lakshadweep disqualified MP PP Mohammad Faizal got reinstated on Wednesday hours before the Supreme Court of India agreed to hear his plea on the matter.

Faizal has been waiting for about two months to be taken back to the house, since his conviction was suspended by Kerala High Court in January.

“I was disqualified in 24 hours… It has been almost two months since my conviction got suspended and I am not reinstated,” Faizal earlier told Maktoob.

Earlier, the Kavaratti Sessions Court had convicted four persons, including Faizal for committing offences punishable under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections143, 147, 148, 307, 324, 342, 448, 427, 506 read with 149 relating to offences relating to rioting, attempt to murder, violence, kidnapping.

He was swiftly transferred to a jail in Kerala’s Kannur and disqualified within hours. The MP alleges the whole thing was scripted by the Lakshadweep administrator Praful Patel, who has been under fire for a slew of policies he introduced that is deemed “anti-people.”

After the disqualification, the Election Commission of India issued a Press Note dated 18 January 2023 deciding to hold bye-elections to fill the vacancy in the Parliamentary Constituency of Lakshadweep on 27 February 2023.

But the quick plan to replace him was sabotaged after Kerala High Court by the impugned interim order dated 25 January.

The High Court suspended the conviction and sentence of the Respondent for offences including Section 307 IPC where the punishment of 10 years rigorous imprisonment was imposed and suspended the sentence of the accused.


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