New Delhi: The Supreme Court declined an urgent hearing, but has agreed to hear an application by the Shiv Sena seeking suspension of newly sworn-in Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and 15 other Sena MLAs until the final order on the petitions seeking their disqualification. The matter will come up for hearing on July 11.
Shiv Sena chief whip Sunil Prabhu filed the application in the SC. The plea accused them of the “constitutional sin of defection”.
The vacation bench of Justices JB Pardiwala and Surya Kant agreed to hear the petition along with the main petitions.
The Deputy Speaker had initiated disqualification proceedings against Shinde and 15 MLAs. On June 27, the SC bench gave extended the time for them to reply to the notices till July 12. However, meanwhile, the Governor ordered floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly.
The Sena challenged this, but SC upheld the Governor’s directions, following which Uddhav Thackeray resigned as CM and Shinde was sworn in as the new CM.
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