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Rajasthan Crisis: SC Hearing On Disqualification Of Rebel Congress MLAs Today

The Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra hearing the Rajasthan Crisis had noted that “Dissent is not defection”.



New Delhi| The Supreme Court is expected to deliver a verdict on the plea of Rajasthan speaker as Rajasthan crisis enters 18th day. The Rajasthan Assembly speaker CP Joshi had challenged the decision of High Court in the apex court giving relief to the rebel MLAs.

After the rebellion by 19 Congress MLAs including former deputy CM Sachin Pilot, Rajasthan Speaker CP Joshi had sent notices to them asking reasons why they did not attend the Congress legislature party meeting. The High Court, however, stayed the proceedings. The Speaker moved to Supreme Court stating that the High Court order will create a “Constitutional Crisis”.

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The Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra hearing the matter had noted that “Dissent is not defection”. In the last high court hearing, the bench stayed the proceedings further and asked to wait till the Supreme Court gives its verdict.

The dispute started by giving notice 14 days ago

14 July: Speaker Joshi gave notice of disqualification to 19 MLAs including Pilot, seeking a reply by 17 July.

July 16: 19 MLAs, including Pilot, went to the High Court against the notice. Chief whip Mahesh Joshi files a caveat

July 17: Hearing by a single bench of the High Court and referred the matter to the bench. The bench fixed the July 18 hearing.

July 18: The bench set the next hearing for July 20 and asked the speaker not to act on the notice until July 21.

July 20: Debate not completed, hearing on July 21 as well.

July 21: High Court reserves verdict for July 24. Also asked the speaker not to make any decision.

July 22: Speaker reaches Supreme Court on intervention of High Court.

July 23: Supreme Court said – Let the High Court’s decision come. It will be subject to our decision.

July 24: The High Court gave orders to maintain the status quo.

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