New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that mere extension of support by Independent MLAs to a ruling party does not indicate that they have joined it and cannot be disqualified under the anti-defection law if they withdraw support to the government.
A bench of justices Altamas Kabir and Cyriac Joseph in a judgement held that there was no legal bar on Independents extending support to the ruling party and their participation in official rallies, meetings and programmes does not mean that they have joined the party.
"There is no legal bar against such extension of support or joining the government.
"Hence, such extension of support or joining the government as minister by an Independent does not by itself mean that he has joined the political party which formed the government," Justice Kabir writing the judgement said....more
08:39 PM, Jan 25, 2012