SC disqualifies Arlekar-Mandrekar

| 27 June 2005 19:05 IST

Two BJP legislators on Monday ceased to be members of the Goa assembly, with the Supreme Court refusing to extend a stay on their disqualification order.

The court also issued notice to two Nationalist Congress Party candidates on whose petition the Panaji bench of the Bombay High court had disqualified Dayanand Rayu Mandrekar and Rajendra Vishwanath Ariekar, saying the case needed to be heard in greater detail.

Counsel Mukul Rohtagi told a vacation bench consisting of judges DM Dharmadhikari and SH Kapadia that the stay granted by the high court had expired on Sunday and pleaded that it be extended.

The bench, however, said the merits of the case should be gone into and posted the matter for further listing after the vacation.

The Panaji bench on May 27 had set aside the election of Mandrekar and Arlekar on the ground they were holding offices of profit during the May 2002 assembly polls.

While Mandrekar was chairperson of the Khadi and Village Industries Board, Arlekar was chief of the Goa State Scheduled Castes and Other Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation.

In their petition in the Supreme Court, the two BJP leaders said the high court had erred as it had failed to consider that for an office of profit, it was essential that remuneration or any benefit involving an element of profit or pecuniary gain should be attached to the office.

They pointed out that they were not entitled to these benefits.

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