Hearing on Shiv Sena dispute in Supreme Court today

New Delhi,( Supreme Court will hear five cases related to Shiv Sena in Maharashtra on Wednesday. A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana will hear the matter.

A petition has been filed by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on the disqualification of 14 rebel MLAs on behalf of the state’s deputy speaker before taking oath as the chief minister. Hearing that petition on June 27, the Supreme Court extended the time till July 12, for the rebel MLAs to respond to the deputy speaker’s notice.

The second petition has been filed by former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray faction Chief Whip Sunil Prabhu challenging the order of the Maharashtra Governor for a floor test to prove majority to the Chief Minister. On June 29, the Supreme Court, while hearing this petition, refused to stay the floor order in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. Soon after this order, Uddhav, resigned and Shinde took oath as the new Chief Minister.

Another petition has been filed by Sunil Prabhu challenging the recognition of the whip of the Shinde faction on behalf of the newly-appointed Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. A petition has been filed by Shiv Sena general secretary Subhash Desai of the Uddhav faction. Subhash Desai’s petition has challenged the order of the Governor of Maharashtra inviting Shinde to form the government. Along with this, in the proceedings of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly held on July 3 and 4, the election of the new speaker and the proceedings of the vote of confidence of the Shinde government have been declared illegal.

On July 11, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Uddhav faction, told a bench headed by CJI Ramana that the disqualification matter is to be heard in the assembly on July 12. He had said that the matter of Maharashtra was to be heard on July 11, but it was not listed. Until the Supreme Court hears, the speaker should be stopped from taking a decision. Then the court asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to inform the Speaker that he should not take the decision yet. (HS):