Law & Judiciary

    Sena Vs Sena: SC summons original records from Speaker’s office, decides to hear plea on April 8

    The Hawk
    March7/ 2024
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    The Supreme Court demands records for the Uddhav Thackeray faction's plea against Eknath Shinde's MLA disqualifications amid Shiv Sena's split, setting a final hearing and keeping petition maintainability open.

    Maharashtra Assembly speaker Rahul Narwekar

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday summoned original records pertaining to the plea of the Uddhav Thackeray group seeking disqualification of MLAs, including Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, from the office of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Speaker Rahul Narwekar.

    The speaker had, in an order on January 10, declared the Shiv Sena bloc led by Shinde as the 'real political party' after its split in June 2022. He had also rejected the Thackeray faction's plea to disqualify 16 MLAs of the ruling camp, including Shinde.

    A bench comprising Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra sent for the original documents after the Shinde faction alleged forgery in the records by the Thackeray camp.

    The top court, which had issued notice on the Thackeray group's petition, asked Shinde and his MLAs to file a response positively on or before April 1, and listed the plea for final hearing on April 8.

    The bench said it was keeping the issue of maintainability of the petition open.

    On January 22, the top court had sought responses from the chief minister and other lawmakers of his group on the plea.

    The Thackeray faction, in its petition filed through MLA Sunil Prabhu, has alleged that Shinde 'unconstitutionally usurped power' and is heading an "unconstitutional government".

    The Shinde group had the support of 37 out of the total 54 Sena MLAs when the party split in June 2022, the speaker had noted.

    The Election Commission had given the 'Shiv Sena' name and 'bow and arrow' symbol to the Shinde faction in early 2023.