SC refuses urgent hearing, does not decide on disqualification of Shiv Sena MLAs

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday (July 11, 2022) asked the Maharashtra Assembly Speaker to stay the disqualification proceedings initiated against Shiv Sena members amid the ongoing political developments in the state. The apex court today pressed the stop button on the legal battle for control of Shiv Sena.

The top court directed the newly-elected speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Rahul Narvekar not to decide on the disqualification notices until the court decides on them.

“The court had said that the petitions will be listed on July 11. I request that till the matter is decided here, there should be no disqualification,” Sibal said. He said that earlier the apex court had defended the rebel MLAs when they approached it. ,

“Mr (Tushar) Mehta (Solicitor General who was appearing for the Governor), you kindly inform the Speaker not to hold any hearing. Let us see, we will hear the matter.

Additionally, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said the matter would require constitution of a bench and would take some time to be listed. The development comes after the court on Monday did not list matters related to Maharashtra’s political crisis, despite vacation benches that had taken up those cases in the last two weeks saying they would.

The Thackeray-led faction has also challenged the validity of the assembly proceedings held on July 3 and 4 in which a new Speaker of the House was elected and the subsequent floor test proceedings in which the Shinde-led coalition proved its majority. .

Earlier, on June 27, the top court had adjourned the disqualification proceedings before the Deputy Speaker of the state assembly till July 11, and on petitions questioning the validity of the notices from the state government and others seeking his disqualification. Answer was also sought.

(with agency input)