Maharashtra case to be heard on August 1: SC

Maharashtra case to be heard on August 1: SC

New Delhi: The petitions of Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde camp, related to Maharashtra political crisis, were heard in the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

After hearing the arguments of both the sides, the Apex Court asked both the parties to file affidavits. The next hearing in the matter will be held on August 1, the court said. Till then no action will be taken on disqualification of 16 legislators of Shinde group.

Eknath Shinde, with 40 legislators, rebelled against Uddhav Thackeray who was heading the Maharashtra Vikas Agadhi government. The then Deputy Speaker of the House disqualified 16 legislators belonging to the Shinde camp. Nevertheless, the Shinde group formed the government with the help of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The case was heard by a bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana, Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Hima Kohli. During the hearing, lawyer of Uddhav Thackeray, Kapil Sibal said that democracy will be in danger if the elected governments are overturned in this way.

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He said that if this was allowed, any government in the country could be brought down and that the Governor administered the oath to Shinde even though he knew that the matter of disqualification of 16 legislators was still pending before the Speaker. Sibal said that this had been a violation of the whip of the party and the laws of the land.

On the other hand, Harish Salve, who was representing Eknath Shinde, said that the Governor had been made a party in this matter. The selection of words about them will have to be done in the right way for the petition work. He said that the disqualification rule does not apply in Shinde case because if there are two factions in a party and the one whose leader with more legislators says he is the leader and the Speaker agrees about it, how will it come for disqualification? During the hearing, the Supreme Court has also indicated the formation of a five-judge Constitution Bench in the Maharashtra case. The Supreme Court said that there are many constitutional issues in this matter.