Supreme Court serves notice to all parties and stays deadline given to rebel MLAs by Maharashtra Deputy Speaker

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India on Monday 27 June passed an order extending the deadline from today by 5.30 pm till 12 July 2022 fixed by the Deputy Speaker of the Maharashtra Assembly to Eknathrao Shinde and other “similarly placed Members of the Legislative Assembly” to submit their written submissions in response to a notice served on them after they had withdrawn support to Maharshtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thakeray and the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress ruling alliance.

The  Vacation Bench of the Supreme Court, comprising of Mr Justice Surya Kant and Mr Justice J B Pardiwala, also ordered in the Eknathrao Sambhaji Shinde versus Deputy Speaker Maharashtra State Assembly and others; and respondents Bharat Gogawale and others versus Deputy Speaker of Maharashtra Assembly (writ petition – Civil) that Counter affidavit be filed within 5 days by all the parties involved and rejoinder, if any, be filed within 3 days thereafter. The matter has been listed for consideration on 11 July 2022. 

Rahul Chitnis, counsel for the State of Maharashtra told the court that adequate steps have been already taken and the State Government shall further ensure that no harm is caused to the lives, liberty and properties of the 39 MLAs and their families.

Shinde, through his petition before the Supreme Court, has challenged the appointment of Ajay Choudhari as the Shiv Sena Legislature Party leader and rejection of their no-confidence motion against Deputy Speaker. It has been underscored that this has been done despite the fact that the petitioner has the support of 2/3rd of the members of the Shiv Sena Legislature Party. These legislators also have reaffirmed the petitioner’s position as the leader of the Shiv Sena Legislator Party by passing a resolution on 21 June 2022.

Shinde has also requested the Apex Court to direct the Deputy Speaker not to take any action on the disqualification plea against them (the MLAs who have rejected Uddhav Thakeray’s leadership) till the motion of removal of the Deputy Speaker is acted upon.

Furthermore, the petition seeks direction to Maharashtra government to provide security to the family of the rebels.

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