Rajasthan Speaker CP Joshi said, “The Constitution and the Supreme Court have fixed the responsibilities. Being a speaker, I gave a show-cause notice.
Today is the 13th day of political turmoil in Rajasthan. Assembly Speaker CP Joshi has challenged the High Court order in the Supreme Court. Earlier in the press conference, he said that the speaker has the right to send a show-cause notice to the rebel MLAs. His lawyer Kapil Sibal asked Chief Justice SA Bobde to hear the matter today. But CJI asked him to file the petition before the registrar. Meanwhile, the ED raided the house of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s brother in Jodhpur.
Joshi said, “The Constitution and the Supreme Court have fixed the responsibilities. Being a speaker, I gave a show-cause notice. If the authority does not issue a show-cause notice, what will be its work?” Earlier on Tuesday, the High Court had heard the disqualification notice issued to 19 MLAs for the second consecutive day. After the debate was over, the decision was reserved till July 24. Till then the speaker cannot take action against these MLAs.
Show-cause notice to Pilot Camp MLAs
In fact, on the complaint of Congress Chief Whip Mahesh Joshi, the speaker on July 14 sent a notice to these MLAs for their disqualification under the anti-defection law. The complaint to CP Joshi stated that the party had issued a whip for the Legislature Party meeting, but the Pilot camp did not comply. On the other hand, the Pilot camp says that the whip is applicable during the assembly session and not for the party meeting.
Meanwhile, former Rajasthan Deputy CM Sachin Pilot has filed a caveat in the Supreme Court. He said that no orders are passed in the matter until the Dissident camp MLAs are heard out.