Former BJP MLA Prahlad Lodhi moves High Court against two-year sentence

Jabalpur/Bhopal, November 5, 2019 (Muslim Saleem): | Former BJP MLA Prahlad Lodhi has appealed in the High Court against the 2-year sentence awarded to the special court of Bhopal in the case of assault and teasing of Tehsildar. A hearing is expected this week. The Legislative Assembly terminated Lodhi’s membership after being sentenced. The Chief Electoral Officer of Madhya Pradesh has sent a notice of cancellation of Lodhi’s membership to the Central Election Commission on Monday.
 Significantly, 12 people, including Prahlada Lodhi, were accused of assaulting the Rapura Tehsildar, who took action against sand mining, on a road in broad daylight. All were also accused of rebelling. Last week, Lodhi was sentenced to 2 years of imprisonment by a special court which looked into the case of MP-MLAs based in Bhopal.
Membership will be retained if adjournment on punishment
 If the High Court grants a stay on the punishment, the membership will remain. Under the rule, the Speaker does not have the right to terminate the membership of the legislator. After taking the opinion of the Election Commission under Article 192, the Governor can take the final decision on termination of membership. – RN Singh, former Advocate General