SC refuses to revisit its verdict on anti-defection law

New Delhi:  The Supreme Court today refused to revisit its two-decade-old verdict on the anti-defection law holding that an elected or nominated member of Parliament of a political party is bound by its whip even after expulsion.

"Though we have heard the matter at length, we are not answering the question," a three-judge bench comprising justices Ranjan Gogoi, P C Pant and Arun Mishra said while disposing of a petition filed by UP politician Amar Singh and Bollywood actor-turned politician Jaya Prada.

The apex court was deciding on the question whether an expelled member could be disqualified under the law, if he or she defies party whip. The issue had cropped up after Singh and Jaya Prada, who were members of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha respectively, had moved the Supreme Court on their expulsion from the Samajwadi Party on February 2, 2010, anticipating ouster from Parliament.

Pyarimohan Mohapatra, who was expelled from Biju Janata Dal, had also moved the apex court on the issue. "The petitioner MPs have already completed their tenure.

It would be more appropriate to not answer the question," the bench said.