The country’s top court today (August 3) heard the petitions of the Uddhav-Shinde faction, including the disqualification petitions of 16 Shiv Sena MLAs, including Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.
These include petitions related to disqualification proceedings of Shiv Sena MLAs, election of Speaker, recognition of party whip, floor test of Shinde government in Maharashtra Assembly and proceedings initiated by the Election Commission on the ‘real Shiv Sena’.
According to the information, the Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing on the petitions related to the political turmoil of Maharashtra till tomorrow morning (August 4). The court said that tomorrow the matter will be heard first. Now the bench of Chief Justice (CJI) NV Ramana, Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Hima Kohli will further hear the petitions at 10.30 am on Thursday. During the hearing today, the lawyers of both the groups presented their arguments.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Uddhav camp, said that even today Shiv Sena’s president is Uddhav Thackeray. Shinde will have to form a new party, or merge his camp with some other party. However, veteran lawyer Harish Salve, appearing for the Shinde faction, rejected Sibal’s argument and said that the anti-defection law cannot replace democracy. Today Shiv Sena has changed, the controversy continues in it.
The Supreme Court today also heard the petition filed by the Uddhav Thackeray camp against the proceedings of the Election Commission on the petition of the Shiv Sena faction led by Eknath Shinde. In fact, the faction led by Eknath Shinde has requested the Election Commission to recognize itself as the real Shiv Sena.
After which the commission had sought evidence from both the parties to prove their claim. Then the Uddhav Thackeray-led faction of Shiv Sena had moved the Supreme Court to put a stay on this.
The country’s top court had made a big comment on the political crisis in Maharashtra last month.
The court had said that the petitions filed by the Shiv Sena and its rebel MLAs have raised several constitutional issues, including split, merger, defection and disqualification of a political party, which may need to be considered by a larger bench. The Supreme Court has just asked the Speaker not to take any action on the matter.
Six petitions related to the recent political crisis in Maharashtra are pending in the Supreme Court. The petitions have also challenged the June 30 decision of Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to invite the Shinde faction and the BJP alliance to form the government in Maharashtra and the subsequent floor test in the Assembly.