Rajasthan political crisis HIGHLIGHTS: Sachin Pilot vows legal action against Congress MLA for Rs 35-cr bribe allegation

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Updated: July 20, 2020 8:02:03 pm

Rajasthan Crisis Live Updates: The Congress had sought action against Sachin Pilot and the other dissidents for anti-party activities.

sachin pilot latest newsHearing on Sachin Pilot camp plea to begin in Rajasthan High Court.

Rajasthan Speaker CP Joshi’s counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Monday told the Rajasthan High Court that sacked deputy CM Sachin Pilot’s plea challenging his decision was premature. Pilot and 18 other Congress dissident MLAs have challenged Speaker’s disqualification notices to them. The matter is being heard by division bench of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Prakash Gupta. The 19 MLAs have cited that they hadn’t done anything against the party that indicates they were parting ways with the Congress. In their petition, the MLAs have termed the notices under the Tenth Schedule a way to suppress their ‘freedom of speech’ and to impose the ‘majoritarian views of the party on them’. Pilot was sacked as deputy CM and president of Congress’ Rajasthan unit after he revolted against his senior and CM Ashok Gehlot. 18 other Congress were also served the disqualification notice after they skipped the Congress Legislature Party meetings held on July 13 and 14. The party had sought action against Pilot and the other dissidents under paragraph 2 (1) (a) of the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution.

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    18:37 (IST)20 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan crisis: Hearing tomorrow at 10:30 AM

    Rajasthan crisis: Hearing on a petition filed by Sachin Pilot and 18 other Congress MLAs against disqualification notices issued to them by Assembly Speaker before Jaipur Bench of Rajasthan High Court will be held tomorrow at 10:30 AM. 

    17:52 (IST)20 Jul 2020
    Sachin Pilot vows legal action against Congress MLA Giriraj Singh

    Rajasthan crisis: Sachin Pilot says that he will take strictest possible legal action against Congress MLA Giriraj Singh who has allged that he offered to pay Rs 35 crores to cross vote in Rajya Sabha polls. Pilot says that he was saddened on the charges but not surprised. "I will be taking appropriate, strictest possible legal action against the MLA who was made to make the accusations. I'm sure more such concocted allegations will be thrown at me to cause aspersions on my image but I'll be unfettered and remain firm in my beliefs and convictions," Sachin Pilot said while speaking to ANI. 

    17:16 (IST)20 Jul 2020
    Sachin Pilot, 18 MLAs decline to file replies to Speaker's notice

    Sachin Pilot, dissidents decline to file replies to Speaker's notice. They want the High Court to rather decide. Salve turns down the offer by the Speaker to keep his hands off till Wednesday if 19 MLAs agree to file replies to notices by tomorrow

    15:34 (IST)20 Jul 2020
    Game played by Sachin Pilot very unfortunate: Gehlot

    Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot says the game played by rebel Congress MLA Sachin Pilot is very unfortunate.

    15:20 (IST)20 Jul 2020
    Rebel MLAs members of Congress: Mahesh Joshi

    The petitioners are asking for a declaration that they are members of the Congress party, which cannot be granted. Congress' chief whip Mahesh Joshi said until the Speaker doesn't disqualify the offending MLAs they continue to be members of the Congress party and hence the party can suspend them.

    14:45 (IST)20 Jul 2020
    Sachin Pilot offered Rs 35 crore to switch from Congress to BJP: Congress MLA Giriraj Singh

    Congress MLA Giriraj Singh Malinga says Sachin Pilot offered him Rs 35 crore to switch from Congress to BJP but he refused. The incident, he says, took place in December and again before the Rajasthan Rajya Sabh.

    14:42 (IST)20 Jul 2020
    Sachin Pilot was conspiring with BJP's support: Ashok Gehlot

    Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot said Sachin Pilot was conspiring from past 6 months with BJP's support. "Nobody believed me when I used to say that conspiracy is going on to topple govt. Nobody knew that a person with such innocent face will do such thing. I'm not here to sell vegetables, I am CM," he said.

    13:33 (IST)20 Jul 2020
    Congress MLAs along with CM Gehlot at Jaipur hotel

    Rajasthan Congress MLAs along with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot sing 'Hum Honge Kamyaab' at Hotel Fairmont in Jaipur.

    12:49 (IST)20 Jul 2020
    Gujjar community to hold panchayat in support of Sachin Pilot on July 26

    The Gujjar community from three states - Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh will hold a panchayat session on July 26 in Rithoj village near Gurguram in support of Sachin Pilot.

    12:27 (IST)20 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan crisis: Chief Secy issues notice to Vasundhara Raje

    Rajasthan Chief Secretary Rajiv Swarup has issued a notice to BJP leader and former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on the bungalow allotment case. Pilot had alleged that CM Ashok Gehlot was busy in ensuring the bungalow remains with her.

    12:02 (IST)20 Jul 2020
    Speaker has right to be wrong: Abhishek Manu Singhvi

    Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing Speaker CP Joshi, said judicial review is absolutely barred in this case. He said the Speaker can do right or wrong and has the right to be wrong. This petition is based on the show-cause notice issued by the Speaker. "Unless Speaker has disqualified you, you cannot approach in the interim," he said.

    11:31 (IST)20 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan: SOG issues Notice to Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

    The Special Operations Group (SOG) of Rajasthan Police issued a notice to Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat at his Delhi residence in coonection with the Rajasthan tapes case.

    10:36 (IST)20 Jul 2020
    Sachin Pilot's petition premature: Speaker's counsel

    Rajasthan Assembly speaker CP Joshi's lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi said Sachin Pilot's petition is premature and the court's challenge on the speaker's order in on limited grounds.

    10:30 (IST)20 Jul 2020
    Hearing underway on Pilot camp's plea in Rajasthan HC

    Hearing on a petition filed by Sachin Pilot and 18 other Congress MLAs against disqualification notices is underway before Jaipur Bench of Rajasthan High Court. Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Prakash Gupta are hearing the matter.

    10:12 (IST)20 Jul 2020
    Sachin Pilot in touch with Priyanka Vadra

    Sachin Pilot is in touch with Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. He telephoned Priyanka over the weekend, a report in The Indian Express said without providing the details of the conversation.

    09:57 (IST)20 Jul 2020
    Congress mulls special Assembly session

    Meanwhile, the Congress is mulling convening a special session of the Legislative Assembly to checkmate rebel party MLAs including Sachin Pilot in voting in favour of the Ashok Gehlot government or face disqualification.

    09:48 (IST)20 Jul 2020
    SOG Issues Notice to Banswara BJP MLA

    The Special Operations Group (SOG) has issued notice to BJP leader Karni Singh over allegedly meeting Congress MLAs in relation to horse-trading in Banswara. He had also come in contact with Independent MLA Ramila Khadiya.

    09:47 (IST)20 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan: High Court hearing on Pilot camp plea to begin today

    The Rajasthan High Court will begin its hearing at 10 am on Monday. After the speaker of the Assembly, Congress leader Mahesh Joshi’s side will be presented by senior advocates AK Bhandari and NK Maloo.

    Earlier on Tuesday, the Congress party sacked Sachin Pilot as deputy CM and Congress' Rajasthan unit president following a rebellion by him. Also, ministers loyal to him were sacked and MLAs belonging to his camp were disqualified. Rajasthan Congress in-charge Avinash Pande dismissed the entire state party unit and said all appointments would be made afresh. He also issued a gag order on party leaders, barring them from communicating with the media without permission from the new PCC chief.
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