Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the rival faction led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde to file fresh replies to certain constitutional questions raised in petitions filed by Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray faction in the wake of the recent political crisis in Maharashtra. A bench of Chief Justice (CJI) NV Ramana, Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Hima Kohli was hearing the constitutional questions raised in the petitions filed by Shiv Sena and rebel MLAs regarding split, merger, rebellion and disqualification of the party. Now the Supreme Court bench will first hear the matter on Thursday.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Uddhav Thackeray faction in the court, said that MLAs going to Shinde faction can avoid disqualification under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution only if they merge the separated faction with another party. give. He told the bench that there was no other way out for his rescue.
Harish Salve sided with Shinde faction
Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the Shinde faction, said the anti-defection law was not a weapon for those leaders who have not been successful in keeping the party members united. Citing factual aspects, Salve said it was not a case of the MLAs giving up their party membership voluntarily.
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next hearing on thursday
Salve said that this is not defection. It is a matter of internal rebellion within the party and no one has voluntarily given up the membership of the party. After hearing both the sides, the bench said that it will hear the matter on Thursday and decide the issue of awarding the verdict. The court asked Salve to prepare an answer to the legal questions again. The bench will first hear the matter on Thursday.