No Salary Or Allowances For Sharad Yadav, But May Retain Residence, Rules SC

| June 7 , 2018 , 14:11 IST

The Supreme Court on Thursday modified a previous order by the Delhi High Court and stopped the payment of salary and allowances to rebel-JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav till the settlement of his plea in the High Court, allowing him to retain his official residence.

In its directive, the apex court ruled that Sharad Yadav won't get salary, allowances and other facilities like air and rail ticket and granted him relief till July 12. The Supreme Court also asked the Delhi High Court to hear and expedite Yadav's plea challenging his disqualification from the Rajya Sabha.

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The Delhi High Court had previously allowed Yadav to retain his official residence as well as draw his salary, allowances and other perks. The decision of the HC had been challenged by Ramchandra Prasad Singh, the leader of the JD(U) in the Rajya Sabha.

The Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) had informed the Delhi High Court on May 23 that Yadav's disqualification as a member of the Rajya Sabha was valid since he had formed another political party. The petitioners also submitted an affidavit confirming that Yadav had indeed formed a new political party named 'Loktantrik Janata Dal’.

Due to the pendency of the issue, the JD(U) has not been able to fill the two vacancies caused by the disqualification of Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar in 2017 who rebelled against Bihar CM Nitish Kumar's decision to join hands with the BJP-led NDA after breaking ties with the RJD and the Congress.