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Indian SC upholds disqualification of 17 Congress party, Janata Dal lawmakers
November 13, 2019

India's Supreme Court upheld the disqualification of 17 lawmakers belonging to the Congress party and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) from southwestern state Karnataka.

The top court however, rejected former Karnataka assembly speaker Ramesh Kumar's decision to bar the disqualified lawmakers from contesting polls until 2023 and allowed them to contest in the upcoming by-polls for the vacant seats in the state next month.

The 17 lawmakers, 14 from Congress and three from JD-S, were disqualified in July under the anti-defection law by the Speaker, who even ordered that they cannot contest elections until the term of the ongoing Assembly ends in 2023.