New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The hearing on a plea filed by Congress rebel Sachin Pilot and 18 of his loyalists MLAs against Speaker's disqualification notice before Rajasthan High Court will resume at 10:30 am on Tuesday. A bench of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Prakash Gupta said that the hearing will conclude on July 21. The High Court is also likely to pronounce the judgment tomorrow.

The marathon hearing remained inconclusive on Monday as both sides argued for a decision in favour of their respective clients. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, senior lawyer and the counsel for the Rajasthan Assembly Speaker said that the petition filed by Pilot and 18 of his loyalist MLAs was premature given the fact that a decision on their disqualification was still pending.

Singhvi said that the High Court can't have interference over the show-cause notices issued by the Speaker to the members of the House. The counsel for Sachin Pilot and the team, however, argued that party whip applies only when the Assembly is in session.

 

The Speaker had issued disqualification notices to 19 rebel Congress MLAs, including Pilot after a complaint by the ruling Congress party for defying a whip to attend the Legislative Party meeting and sought action under paragraph 2(1) (a) of the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution. The disqualifies MLAs if they "voluntarily give up” the membership of the party that they represent in the House.

Pilot was sacked as the Rajasthan deputy chief minister and the president of the state Congress unit after he rebelled against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Speaker CP Joshi has given the rebel MLAs up to 5.30 pm to reply to disqualification notices, which the dissident camp wants the court to quash.

 

(With inputs from PTI)

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma