Reacting on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), Allahabad High Court on Monday summoned Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, seeking his view on a PIL filed against Yogi Adityanath’s for holding the post of chief minister and Gorakhpur Member of Parliament (MP) at the same time. The PIL also questioned deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya who has not resigned as MP from Phulpur constituency. Gorakhpur MP Adityanath was appointed as the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh earlier this year while Phoolpur MP Keshav Prasad Maurya had taken oath as Deputy chief minister of the state. IANS reported that petitioner Sanjay Sharma, a social activist, has alleged that since both Adityanath and Maurya were Lok Sabha MPs and were drawing salaries and other perks, this bars them from taking up positions of power in the state government.
Sharma, citing the Prevention of Disqualification Act of 1959, called for nullifying the appointment of both Adityanath and Maurya. The Lucknow High Court bench was comprised of Justice Sudhir Agarwal and Justice Virendra Kumar, who, after hearing the Advocate General of Uttar Pradesh Raghvendra Singh, served notice to the Attorney General of India to put forth his views on the matter. The petitioner also alleged that both Adityanath and Maurya were not resigning their Lok Sabha seats to be able to vote in the July presidential election. The case will be next heard on May 24.