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Supreme Court to Review Plea Against Maharashtra Speaker's Decision on Mar 7

By Jhanak Singh      01 March, 2024 05:47 PM      0 Comments
Supreme Court to Review Plea Against Maharashtra Speaker s Decision on Mar 7

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear on March 7 a plea by Shiv Shiva (UBT) questioning validity of Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Rahul Narwekar’s January 10 decision dismissing disqualification petitions filed against Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and other MLAs.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the UBT group, mentioned the matter before a bench of Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud and Justices J B Pardiwala and Manoj Misra, which determined the date as March 7 for the hearing.

The court had on January 22 issued notice to Shinde and others. 

The plea filed by UBT group's Sunil Prabhu contended the Speaker's orders were unlawful and perverse and in the teeth of the Supreme Court's decision in the case of Subhash Desai Vs Governor of Maharashtra (2022).

On January 10, 2024, the Speaker dismissed all disqualification petitions and declared Shinde's group as real Shiv Sena.

The petitioner claimed the Speaker's judgments have not even considered the main undisputed event, i.e., the oath taking on June 30, 2022, which conclusively established that all their acts from June 21, 2022 were for the purpose of toppling the elected government in Maharashtra led by their own political party.

"There could not have been a clearer case of disqualification. Shinde met the Governor, and took oath as Chief Minister with support of the BJP on June 30, 2022, and all the respondent MLAs supported this decision, which itself amounted to voluntarily giving up membership of the political party," their plea said.

The UBT group said the Tenth Schedule is intended to disqualify legislators who act against their political party.

“However, if majority of legislators are treated to be the political party, then the members of the actual political party become subject to the will of the majority of legislators. This is totally against the constitutional scheme, and is consequently liable to be set aside,” the plea said.

In considering the majority of legislators as representing the will of the political party, the Speaker has in effect equated the legislature party with the political party, which is in the teeth of the law laid down by the apex court in Subhash Desai’s case, it said.

 



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