Relief for Sachin Pilot camp, High Court orders for status quo
Jaipur - The status quo order means that the Speaker will not be able to proceed further on the notice.
In a relief to Sachin Pilot-led group of Congress rebel MLAs, the Rajasthan High Court on Friday ordered status quo on the disqualification notices sent by the Speaker.
The High Court also said that it was deferring the judgment on the petition, till the Supreme Court decides on the questions of law.
The status quo order essentially means that the Speaker will not be able to proceed further on the notices under Tenth Schedule of the Constitution to disqualify the dissident MLAs, even if they do not submit their replies to it.
The HC on Friday also allowed the application filed by the petitioners to add Union of India as a respondent to the case in view of the challenge to the constitutionality of paragraph 2(1)(a) of the Tenth Schedule.
Earlier, Rajasthan High Court asked Assembly Speaker CP Joshi to defer the proceedings pending before him on the disqualification notices issued to Pilot and 18 MLAs of his faction and put off the verdict on the matter till July 24.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court held that the Rajasthan High Court can pass an order on former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and other MLAs' plea against disqualification notice issued against them by the State Assembly Speaker.
Joshi had approached the top court with an SLP against the interim order of the Rajasthan High Court, which had on Tuesday asked Speaker CP Joshi to defer the proceedings pending before him on the disqualification notices issued to Pilot and 18 MLAs of his faction, and put off the verdict on the matter till July 24.
The Speaker had earlier sent notices to Pilot and 18 MLAs under the anti-defection law after the chief whip's application for their disqualification. MLAs were earlier asked to present before Assembly Speaker on July 17, but the same was deferred in view of the hearing before the High Court.
The development had come even as Rajasthan Congress is in turmoil after simmering differences between Pilot and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot came out in the open.