Maharashtra: SC orders Rahul Narwekar not to act on disqualification pleas against Sena MLAs

11 July, 2022 | Vaishali Sharma

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On Monday, the Supreme Court ordered Rahul Narwekar, Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, not to act on the new disqualification letters sent to Shiv Sena members.

On Monday, the Supreme Court ordered Rahul Narwekar, Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, not to act on the new disqualification letters sent to Shiv Sena members.

NV Ramana, the Chief Justice of India, together with Justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli directed Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was representing Maharashtra Governor, to tell the newly elected Assembly Speaker of their decision. The bench’s decision was reached after senior attorney Kapil Sibal, who was representing the Uddhav Thackeray camp, requested the urgent listing of the appeals, claiming that the cases had been scheduled for today but had not yet been listed.

“The disqualification plea is listed tomorrow before the Speaker. Let there be no disqualification until the matter is decided,” Sibal told the bench.

Hearing this, the CJI asked Solicitor General to inform the Assembly Speaker not to take any decision until the pleas are decided by the apex court.

“Please inform the Assembly Speaker not to take any decision until the plea is decided. Please inform the speaker through your office,” the CJI told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who agreed to convey the message to the Speaker.

The case will need to be listed when the bench is constituted, according to the bench, which will take some time. It also made it clear that the case wouldn’t be listed the next day.

On July 11, the bench listed a number of petitions concerning the political instability in Maharashtra during the summer break.

Both Shiv Sena groups have petitions before the Supreme Court that are now pending.

A group led by Uddhav Thackeray has petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn the governor of Maharashtra, Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, choosing to invite Eknath Shinde to form the government as well as the election of the Speaker and floor test.