Set timeline for disqualification decision against Shinde and others: Supreme Court
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday directed Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Rahul Narvekar to submit his information within a week to decide on the disqualification petition against the Chief Minister and other MLAs. In June-2022, a group of Shiv Sena formed a new government with the BJP and a disqualification petition was filed against these MLAs.
Chief Justice D. Y. Chandrachud and Justice J. B. A bench of Pardiwala and Justice Manoj Mishra cited a Supreme Court judgment delivered on May 11, which had asked the Speaker to decide within a ‘reasonable time’ on the disqualification petition. The bench also said that the Speaker should respect the dignity of the Supreme Court and abide by its judgment. Solicitor General appeared in court to appear for the Speaker
Tushar Mehta was asked by the bench to provide information about the time-bound program fixed by the Speaker for deciding the disqualification petition.
Expecting the dignity and respect of the directive given by the Supreme Court to be preserved, the bench adjourned hearing the petition filed by Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray group on the disqualification of Shinde and other MLAs after two weeks.
The Speaker is an arbitrator under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution and as an arbitrator is subject to the jurisdiction of the court, the bench said, adding that no action has been taken on the pending disqualification petition related to the May 11 judgment.
We now direct that the Speaker should fix a time bound procedure for deciding this petition within a week. Solicitor General to inform the court about the procedure devised for deciding this petition, the bench said.
No rush: Narvekar
(from our representative)
Mumbai: The Supreme Court on May 11 gave its verdict on Shiv Sena’s power struggle and said that the decision on the disqualification of 16 MLAs should be taken by the Assembly Speaker within a reasonable time. Alleging that no action has been taken in this matter yet, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court by the Shiv Sena’s Thackeray faction, while the Supreme Court is said to have directed the Speaker to start the hearing on the disqualification petition within a week, while Assembly Speaker Rahul Narvekar said that the court’s directive Haven’t reached out to me, but I won’t be in any kind of hurry.
Narvekar said after reports of the Supreme Court verdict on Monday that he has not yet received any information about the direction given by the court. I am fully informed about the hearing held in the Supreme Court
will get After that I will decide what the next course of action will be.
He said that he has not yet received the copy of the Supreme Court order. I will get full details on this when I get a copy.
Then a proper decision will be taken. The procedure will be completed at the earliest. This will not be delayed in any way, but at the same time there will not be any haste, which may cause injustice to any party, Narvekar also said.