The Odisha High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the State government asking the government counsel to reply as to why the State Assembly Speaker has not implemented the orders passed by the Court with regard to an application made by the State Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Utkal Ranjan Parida.

A Division Bench of the High Court comprising Justices Indrajit Mahanti and B N Mohapatra taking up a contempt petition filed against Assembly Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat issued the notice and fixed April 12 for next hearing of the case.

Mr Parida had last month filed the petition alleging that the Speaker was “deliberately” and “wilfully” disobeying the orders passed by a division bench of Odisha High Court and a three-member bench of the Supreme Court.

Disqualification

While the Odisha High Court on September 23, 2012 had asked the Speaker to dispose of the application of Mr Parida within eight weeks, the Supreme Court too had asked the Speaker to dispose of the same by January 7, 2013.

But the Speaker has not taken steps to implement the orders of both the Courts, the petition had alleged .

Mr. Parida had sought disqualification of all four NCP MLAs, who had voluntarily given up their memberships from the party and had joined the ruling BJD in the State in June last year.

It may be recalled here that the Speaker had challenged the HC order in Supreme Court which in turn dismissed his petition on January 17 this year upholding the HC order.

The Supreme Court, however, had asked the Speaker on December 13, 2012 to dispose of the application of Parida by January 7, 2013.

Privilege committee

But instead of acting upon the application of Parida, the Speaker had referred the matter to the privilege committee of the House seeking a report on this, the petitioner counsel Gopal Agarwal had alleged saying the seven-member privilege committee is unable to discuss about the issue due to lack of quorum.

The High Court sought reply from State government why its order relating to application made by State NCP chief was not implemented