The J&K unit of the BJP on Monday expelled Gagan Bhagat, a member of the dissolved Assembly, on the charges of his alleged involvement in “indiscipline and immorality.”
His expulsion from the BJP coincided with the Supreme Court in the morning dismissing Bhagat’s Public Interest Litigation (PIL) challenging dissolution of the J&K Assembly by Governor Satya Pal Malik.
“We are not inclined to interfere (with the decision of the Governor),” a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SK Kaul said.
Bhagat was a member of the dissolved Assembly in which he was representing the Ranbirsinghpura constituency.
Bhagat had also criticised the BJP leadership for withdrawing support to the then chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, resulting in the fall of the PDP-BJP government.
Bhagat’s expulsion by the state BJP chief Ravinder Raina, has, however, come in connection with an earlier complaint of “immorality” against him after his obscene pictures with a woman became viral on the social media earlier this year. Bhagat, however, claimed that the pictures were morphed.
A disciplinary committee of BJP had earlier recommended his suspension for a period of three months.
Announcing Bhagat’s expulsion from the BJP, party’s chief spokesman Sunil Sethi said that taking note of the report of disciplinary committee of BJP on the issue of “Indiscipline and immorality” of Bhagat, which was submitted to the party chief on July 19 and in view of his continued “Anti party and Anti Jammu activity,” state president Ravindra Raina expelled him from the party with immediate effect.
“He will cease to be a member of the Bhartiya Janata Party with immediate effect. Bhartiya Janata Party requests its cadre and public at large particularly of RS Pura constituency not to entertain him in reference to his former position of being associated with the party,” said Sethi.