Former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and his 18 supporter MLAs have moved Rajasthan High Court against Speaker CP Joshi’s disqualification notice.
Advocates Harish Salve and Mukul Rohatgi will represent them in the court. The hearing is likely to take place at 3 pm.
The Rajasthan Assembly Speaker had sent disqualification notices to Pilot and 18 others asking them to explain why they had skipped the Congress Legislature Party meeting on Monday and Tuesday. The MLAs have been asked to respond to the notices by Friday.
The notices were sent after the chief whip of the Congress in Rajasthan Assembly, Mahesh Joshi, wrote to the Speaker, seeking proceedings against the rebel MLAs in accordance with the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution.
The Congress also cited past Supreme Court rulings to seek their disqualification.
Notices have been sent to all rebels through e-mail and WhatsApp. Physical copies have also been delivered to the official Jaipur addresses and constituency addresses of the rebel MLAs.
Pilot was on Tuesday sacked as deputy chief minister and the state Congress president after he did not show up at the Congress Legislature Party meetings. Two other ministers in the Pilot camp were also dropped from the Cabinet.
The Congress chief whip alleged that over the past several days, attempts are being made to topple the state government through “corruption, bribery and other illegal means”.
He also referred to a probe by the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Rajasthan Police to investigate the “conspiracy”.
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The Congress has accused the opposition BJP of trying to lure its MLAs.
AICC general secretary Avinash Pande on Wednesday said it was up to the Speaker to decide what action to take if the replies to the notices were not satisfactory.
Meanwhile, the Congress appointed Govind Singh Dotasara as the president of the party’s Rajasthan unit. With the appointment of the new president, a new state executive and departments will be formed, Pande said.