Ranchi, June 4 (IANS) The Jharkhand High Court on Saturday sought a written reply from the Election Commission of India regarding the status of six legislators who defected from the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P) to the BJP.
According to an informed source, the Jharkhand High Court heard a petition and sought a status report on the JVM-P legislators. Headed by Babulal Marandi, the JVM-P has sought a stay on the June 11 Rajya Sabha poll till the matter related to the defection of these legislators is decided.
A reply to an RTI query revealed that no merger of the JVM-P took place as claimed by the six legislators who defected. In February 2015, six of the eight JVM-P legislators joined the BJP. Two among them became ministers.
The defection case is pending before the Assembly Speaker. The JVM-P has alleged that the case is being delayed only to favour the BJP government in the state.
The next hearing of the case will take place on June 8 in the High Court.