HC division bench hears Pilot camps’ petition, Speaker to take up disqualification plea this night

Jaipur, July 17

A division bench of the Rajasthan High Court on Friday started listening to a petition filed by Sachin Pilot and 18 different dissident Congress MLAs, difficult the disqualification notices issued by the meeting Speaker.

The notices had requested the MLAs to reply by Friday to the Congress transfer to disqualify them from the state meeting.

Speaker CP Joshi is anticipated to take up the matter at 5 pm, as a substitute of 1 pm as talked about within the notices.

The dissidents’ petition first got here up earlier than Justice Satish Chandra Sharma on Thursday, however their advocate Harish Salve sought time to file a recent petition. Later, within the night, the petition was referred to a division bench.

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On Friday, the petition was taken up a by a bench of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Prakash Gupta.

The bench accepted a plea by Congress chief whip Mahesh Joshi to incorporate him as a respondent within the case.

The notices have been served after the get together complained to the Speaker that the MLAs had defied a whip to attend two Congress Legislature Party conferences, on Monday and Tuesday.

The Pilot camp, nonetheless, argues {that a} get together whip applies solely when the meeting is in session.

In its grievance to the Speaker, the Congress had sought motion towards Pilot and the opposite dissidents beneath paragraph 2 (1) (a) of the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution.

The provision disqualifies MLAs in the event that they “voluntarily” surrender the membership of the get together which they characterize within the House.

Pilot was sacked as deputy chief minister and president of the state unit of the get together after he rebelled towards Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. PTI

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