SC raps Maha Speaker for ‘sitting on disqualification pleas’ of Shiv Sena MLAs

SC raps Maha Speaker for ‘sitting on disqualification pleas’ of Shiv Sena MLAs

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Supreme Court asks Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly to list before him for hearing the disqualification petitions against 56 MLAs including Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde within a week and set down a time schedule to decide disqualification pleas.

CJI DY Chandrachud said the Maharashtra Assembly Speaker is bound to abide by the dignity of the Supreme Court. “Speaker has to honour dignity of SC”, said CJI DY Chandrachud over delay in deciding pleas for disqualification of Shiv Sena MLAs.

 SC asked the Speaker for a timeline on hearing on the disqualification petitions, even as Solicitor General Tushar Mehta argues that the Speaker “cannot be treated like a school child”.

Supreme Court said it expects deference, dignity to directions issued by it while pronouncing verdict on Maharashtra political row.

Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut on Monday accused Maharashtra speaker Rahul Narwekar of deliberately delaying a decision on disqualification petitions filed against MLAs from Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s camp by the Uddhav Thackeray-led faction.

This inaction shows Narwekar is supporting the “unconstitutional” government, he alleged while speaking to reporters.

He said the Supreme Court has made it clear that some MLAs of a political party switching to another party does not mean a split.

“Despite a clear directive from the Supreme Court, the speaker is wasting time when it comes to deciding on the disqualification petitions. He is supporting the unconstitutional government in the state,” Raut alleged.

The Uddhav Thackeray faction of Shiv Sena had filed disqualification petitions against Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and other MLAs, including some cabinet ministers.

“We will mention these issues before the Supreme Court and hopefully we will get justice,” said Raut.

He also trained guns on ministers and leaders controlling sugar mills in Maharashtra.

“The ministers who control certain sugar mills facing financial irregularities and corruption charges have switched their loyalties and joined the state government. They did so to get relief from Central probe agencies,” Raut claimed.

The Rajya Sabha member said he has written to Central investigation agencies several times about such malpractices.

“The Pravara sugar mill controlled by Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil (state revenue minister from BJP) is facing a corruption charge of 200 crore while the sugar mill controlled by Rahul Kul (BJP legislator) is facing a corruption charge of 500 crore. Even the case of Jarandeshwar sugar mill (linked to Deputy CM Ajit Pawar) is similar,” Raut claimed.

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Updated: 18 Sep 2023, 04:40 PM IST

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