Rajasthan Government Crisis Highlights: Supreme Court refuses stay on HC proceedings, paves way for verdict on Sachin Pilot plea tomorrow

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Updated: July 24, 2020 9:13:27 am

Speaker CP Joshi had served disqualification notices to 19 rebel MLAs including Sachin Pilot for anti-party activities.

supreme court hearing, sachin pilot sackedSachin Pilot vs Ashok Gehlot: Sachin Pilot was sacked as deputy CM of Rajasthan last week.

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stay the Rajasthan High Court’s order and allowed it to pass orders on Congress MLAs plea against disqualification notice on Friday. During the hearing today, the court said voices of dissent cannot be suppressed. The SC’s made this observation while hearing an appeal filed by CP Joshi against High Court’s order restraining him from taking action on disqualification notices that he had served to Sachin Pilot and 18 dissident Congress MLAs last week. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Joshi, said that the High Court cannot direct Speaker to defer disqualification proceedings against MLAs. Sibal referred to the SC verdict to say courts can’t intervene in disqualification process undertaken by Speaker. “No writ can lie to challenge proceedings before Speaker prior to decision on disqualification or suspension of MLA,” Sibal said. He said the Speaker can be asked to decide disqualification within time frame but process can’t be interfered with. To this, the SC said “dissenting voice in democracy cannot be shut down”. The court also said that this is no simple matter, “these MLAs are elected representatives”. Meanwhile, a local court in Rajasthan has ordered an investigation against BJP leader and Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and his associates in the alleged Rs 884 crore Sanjivini Credit Cooperative Society scam.

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    12:47 (IST)23 Jul 2020
    SC allows Rajasthan HC to deliver verdict on Friday

    The Supreme Court said Rajasthan High Court can pass orders on Congress MLAs plea against disqualification notice from Rajasthan Speaker.

    12:42 (IST)23 Jul 2020
    Trying to find out whether disqualification was permissible or not: SC

    Supreme Court said that it is trying to find out whether disqualification process against MLAs was permissible or not. To this, Kapil Sibal said issue whether disqualification process against MLAs is permissible or not cannot be taken note of at this stage.

    12:29 (IST)23 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan: Speaker served disqualification notices to Sachin Pilot camp MLAs last week

    Speaker CP Joshi had served disqualification notices to 19 rebel MLAs including Sachin Pilot for “anti-party activities” after they skipped two meetings of Congress MLAs last week. The Congress party had complained and had accused the rebel MLAs of trying to topple the Ashok Gehlot government. Pilot was also sacked as deputy CM and the president of the COngress' Rajasthan unit.

    11:59 (IST)23 Jul 2020
    Dissenting voice in democracy cannot be shut down: SC

    The Supreme Court asked Raj Speaker CP Joshi reason for initiation of disqualification proceedings against Sachin Pilot and 18 dissident Congress MLAs. "Dissenting voice in democracy cannot be shut down," the court said.

    11:58 (IST)23 Jul 2020
    Speaker can be asked to decide disqualification within time frame: Sibal

    Speaker C Joshi's lawyer Kapil Sibal said the Speaker can be asked to decide disqualification within time frame but process can't be interfered with.

    11:56 (IST)23 Jul 2020
    Courts can't intervene in disqualification process undertaken by Speaker: Sibal

    Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Rajasthan Speaker CP Joshi, said in the Supreme Court that the High Court cannot direct Speaker to defer disqualification proceedings against MLAs. Sibal referred to the SC verdict to say courts can't intervene in disqualification process undertaken by Speaker. "No writ can lie to challenge proceedings before Speaker prior to decision on disqualification or suspension of MLA," Sibal said.

    11:45 (IST)23 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan court orders probe against Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

    Rajasthan court orders investigation against Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and his associates in the alleged Rs 884 crore Sanjivini Credit Cooperative Society scam.

    11:14 (IST)23 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan: SC starts hearing on Speaker's appeal

    SC starts hearing on Rajasthan Speaker CP Joshi's plea against HC order restraining him from conducting disqualification process against 19 Cong MLAs

    11:03 (IST)23 Jul 2020
    Speaker has power regarding disqualification: CP Joshi

    Speaking to news agency ANI, Assembly Speaker CP Joshi said that in 1992, a Constitution bench had ruled that the Speaker has the power regarding disqualification. “Chief whip of Congress party filed a petition before me and I issued show-cause notices to MLAs concerned. After that, the matter was taken to court,” he said.

    11:02 (IST)23 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan crisis: HC verdict in Gehlot vs Pilot case on Friday

    The Rajasthan High Court on Tuesday reserved its judgement on a plea filed by former deputy CM Sachin Pilot and 18 dissident Congress MLAs. The verdict will be delivered on Friday.

    10:41 (IST)23 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan crisis: Sachin Pilot files caveat petition in Supreme Court

    Former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot on Wednesday filed a caveat before the Supreme Court to ensure that no orders are passed on Rajasthan Speaker CP Joshi’s petition without hearing him and MLAs supporting him amid standoff with the state leadership of the Congress. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

    10:23 (IST)23 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan crisis: Supreme Court hearing on Speaker's appeal today

    The Supreme Court will hear on Thursday Rajasthan Assembly speaker CP Joshi’s appeal against a High Court order that restrained him till July 24 from deciding the disqualification notices he had issued to a group of 19 rebel MLAs led by sacked deputy CM Sachin Pilot.

    The rift between Gehlot and Pilot came out in open earlier this month after the SOG of state police served a notice to the then deputy CM, asking him to record his statement in an alleged bid to topple the Congress government. Pilot was later sacked as the deputy CM and Congress' Rajasthan chief. While Pilot and 18 MLAs belonging to his camp are staying at a resort near Gurugram, the legislators loyal to Ashok Gehlot camp have put up at a resort on the outskirts of capital Jaipur for the last one week.
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