PP Mohammed Faizal | Photo: Mathrubhumi
New Delhi: The Supreme Court will consider the plea of former Lakshadweep MP and National Congress Party (NCP) leader PP Mohammed Faizal to stay the by-elections for the Lakshadweep Lok Sabha seat following his disqualification, on January 27.
A sessions court had sentenced Faizal to a 10-year jail term in an attempt to murder case. Following his conviction, the Lok Sabha Secretary General disqualified him from Parliament.
Soon, EC announced that the bypoll will be conducted on February 27 to fill the vacancy.
His appeal against conviction is currently pending in the Kerala High Court. Faizal alleged that it is arbitrary and illegal to announce by-elections without knowing the outcome of his appeal. Faizal pointed out that the notification to disqualify him would not stand if the High Court quashes session's court verdict.
Senior advocates Kapil Sibal and KR Sasiprabhu appeared for Faizal in Supreme Court.
Four people, including Faizal, were sentenced to jail after they were found guilty of attempting to kill Mohammed Salih, son-in-law of the late Congress leader and former Union Minister PM Sayeed, during the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.