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Telangana High Court issues notices to Assembly speaker, secretary, 12 Congress MLAs

The Telangana High Court had issued notices to state Assembly Speaker P Srinivas Reddy and 12 Congress MLAs who defected to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi on June 6.

The notice was issued based on a request by Congress Legislature Party leader M Bhatti Vikramarka and Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee President N Uttam Kumar Reddy against the merger of the legislature party with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi.

A bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice Shameem Akther issued notices to Reddy, 12 Congress MLAs and the Assembly secretary, and ordered them to file replies within four weeks

Senior Congress legislator Gandra Venkata Ramana Reddy, who is among the 12 MLAs who defected, said the rebel legislators decided to work with K Chandrasekhar Rao for the development of the state.

“We held a special meeting of the Congress Legislature Party,” Reddy said. “The 12 members supported the leadership of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and wanted to work with him. We gave a representation to the speaker and requested him to merge us with the TRS.”