Jaipur | Jagran News Desk: The Rajasthan High Court has reserved its order on a plea filed by Sachin Pilot and 18 rebel Congress MLAs against the disqualification notices issued to them by Assembly Speaker CP Joshi till Friday, July 24. The High Court has also asked the Speaker to not take any action on Pilot and team. The rebel leaders had challenged the Speaker's decision while maintaining that "voicing dissent does not amount to defection". The Speaker, however, has argued that petition filed by Pilot and the rebel MLAs is "premature" and there was no scope for interference by the court given the decision is still pending.

Here are the updates on Rajasthan Political Crisis:

03:30 pm: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has called a crucial Cabinet meeting today. During the meeting, a decision of calling Assembly session may be taken by the Cabinet.

03:01 pm:  Rajasthan High Court has reserved its order on team Sachin Pilot's plea against disqualification notices served by the Speaker till July 24. The court has also told the Speaker that no action will be taken against Sachin Pilot and 18 other rebel MLAs till then. Read the full story here

02:45 pm: Neither Congress nor BJP wants Assembly to be dissolved & election to take place...The entire country is watching the way you're fighting. Your respect has increased manifold. It's not something ordinary. All of you have phones, there's no pressure on anyone: Rajasthan CM asks MLAs to stand firm at CLP meeting 

02:00 pm: Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Prakash Gupta will hear the arguments of advocates Vimal Choudhary and PC Bhandari as hearing resumes post-lunch. After that, the High Court is likely to pronounce its verdict.

1:30 pm: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Congress leader Ajay Maken, state unit president Govind Singh Dotasara and others at Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting underway at Fairmont Hotel in Jaipur.

 

12:40 pm: CBI questions CM Ashok Gehlot's OSD, Congress MLA Krishna Poonia in SHO suicide case: Amid the political crisis in the state, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has summoned Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's OSD Deva Ram Saini and.... Click Here to read full story

12:30 pm: Hearing concludes, session to resume at 2 PM. The Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Prakash Gupta is likely to pronounce their order later today.

12: 14 pm: Rajasthan: Congress MLAs from Ashok Gehlot camp perform yoga and play badminton at Hotel Fairmont in Jaipur. 

 

12:02 pm: Mukul Rohatgi concludes his argument. He said, "Disqualification notice by Assembly Speaker was issued to Sachin Pilot&other MLAs on the same day of complaint. Less time given for reply than as stated in rules. No reasons recorded for issuing notice."

11:35 am: Rohatgi refers to Supreme Court judgment in Manipur case and says that "today's thinking is that the power should be taken from the Speaker and vested in an external tribunal." Earlier this year, the Supreme Court urged Parliament to have a rethink on whether a Speaker ought to decide on disqualification petitions filed under the Tenth Schedule to the Constitution of India.

11:10 am: Meanwhile, Rajasthan Police chief Bhupendra Yadav has written to his counterparts in Delhi and Haryana seeking their cooperation in the horse-trading probe.

10: 55 am: Rohatgi says that notice was issued on the same day complaint was made. "Application of mind required on part of Speaker. Nothing on record to show that he did so," he argues.

10: 50 am: Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Sachin Pilot and team, begins his argument. He says that the High Court has jurisdiction to hear the case.

10:38 am: Meanwhile, a CBI team has called CM Ashok Gehlot's OSD Deva Ram Saini to office at 10 AM for enquiry in a police officer's suicide. Congress MLA Krishna Poonia will also be enquired again at 11 AM. The Congress is raising questions on the timing of CBI's questioning of Congress MLAs.

 

10:34 am: A bench of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Prakash Gupta resumes hearing on Sachin Pilot and team's plea against Speaker's disqualification notice.

10:00 am: The Rajasthan High Court will resume its hearing on Sachin Pilot and 18 rebel MLAs plea against disqualification notices by the Assembly Speaker today. Hearing to resume at 10:30 am.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma