Lucknow: An advocate in Lucknow has filed a petition raising questions on a Congress leader's statement that the decision to remove union ministers PK Bansal and Ashwani Kumar was a taken collectively by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed on Monday in Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court by Lucknow-based advocate Asok Pande. He has asked the court to direct the Prime Minister to explain the statement by Congress general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi.

The explanation, he said, was needed because the removal of ministers was the sole prerogative of only the prime minister and the President. The claim that Congress president Sonia Gandhi was involved has led to a constitutional anomaly.

The petition has also asked for reinstatement of the two ministers because they have been removed forcibly while saying that they were resigning voluntarily. "This is a contradiction of sorts and it needs to be explained in the eyes of the law, before the people of this country," Pande said.

The PIL has been listed for hearing on Thursday. Bansal was removed as union railway minister after his nephew was arrested accepting a bribe.

Ashwani Kumar quit as union law minister after he was rapped by the Supreme Court for meddling with the status report of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the coal scam probe.


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