New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Rajasthan Assembly Speaker CP Joshi is likely to approach the Supreme Court after he was requested by the Rajasthan High Court to defer action on disqualification notices against Sachin Pilot and 18 dissident legislators till Friday.

Joshi had on Tuesday agreed to the request and deferred his decision on disqualification notices till Friday evening.

Asserting that only the Speaker has the right to disqualify MLAs, Joshi said that he would move the Supreme Court with a Special Leave Petition as the rightful action of authorities had been circumvented, leading to a constitutional crisis, as reported by News18.

The high court had on Tuesday requested Joshi to not take action against the rebel MLAs till Friday as it will pass appropriate orders on the writ petition filed by Sachin Pilot and 18 dissident legislators on that day. He was first asked to defer action by four days.

Appearing for the Speaker, Abhishek Singhvi argued that proceedings under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution is a proceeding of the Assembly and thus cannot be called into question before any court of law, that includes the high court.

On Tuesday evening, Speaker C P Joshi reached the Assembly to meet the counsels and decided to defer the decision on the disqualification notices till Friday evening.

Pilot and the 18 dissident Congress MLAs have challenged their disqualification notices in the high court through a writ petition. The petition was taken up by the division bench on Friday and arguments were held.

The high court had on Friday given a four-day reprieve to Sachin Pilot and other Congress dissidents from any action by Rajasthan Speaker on the disqualification notices served on them by extending the hearing into their petition.

The notices to MLAs were served after the party complained to the Speaker that the legislators had defied a whip to attend two Congress Legislature Party meetings, on Monday and Tuesday last week.

The Pilot camp, however, argued that a party whip applies only when the assembly is in session.

In its complaint to the Legislative Assembly Speaker, the Congress had sought action against Pilot and the other dissidents under paragraph 2(1)(a) of the 10th Schedule of the Constitution.

Pilot was sacked as deputy chief minister and the president of the state unit of the party after he rebelled against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta