Rajasthan Political Crisis Live….
A division bench of the Rajasthan High Court has deferred a petition filed by Sachin Pilot and 18 other dissident leaders challenging notices from the Speaker over a Congress move to disqualify them from the state assembly and will take it up at 5pm on Friday. The two-judge bench ruled that no action be taken against Pilot and the MLAs till 5pm tomorrow. The petition first came up for hearing in front of Justice Satish Chandra Sharma at 3 pm. But advocate Harish Salve sought time to file a fresh petition. The matter was heard again at about 5 pm when the judge referred it to a division bench.
Team Pilot has challenged a rule in the constitution that allows a Speaker to disqualify any member who has “voluntarily given up his membership”. The provision, they argue, was used by Speaker to serve notice to the rebels asking them to explain by Friday “anti-party activities”, failing which they would be disqualified. The Congress sent the notices via SMS, WhatsApp, email and post and even pasted documents on walls outside their homes across Rajasthan to make sure they get the message.
The Pilot and his squad of rebel Congress MLAs on Thursday challenged the High Court against the disqualification notice issued by Speaker CP Joshi. Former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, who was appointed after the BJP came to power in 2014, along with Harish Salve will be representing them in court.