Breaking: Maharashtra Floor Test- Supreme Court To Pronounce Order At 9 PM Today-LIVE UPDATES
The Supreme Court will hear today at 5PM the petition filed by Shiv Sena Chief Whip Sunil Prabhu challenging the Maharashtra Governor's direction to the Chief Minister to prove majority of Maha Vikas Aghadi Government by taking floor test in the Assembly tomorrow.
Senior Advocate Dr AM Singhvi mentioned the matter for urgent listing before a vacation bench comprising Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala.
While allowing urgent listing, Justice Kant said, "Ultimately we may agree or we may not agree, but having regard to the urgency, we think the matter is to be heard today...We will keep the case at 5 PM. tentatively we are fixing 5 o clock."
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...to the Vidhan Sabha hall. When proceedings are over, applicants shall be brought back to judicial custody.
Order be communicated to the authorities concerned for compliance
Supreme Court allows jailed MLAs Nawab Malik and Anil Deshmukh to participate in the floor test in the Special Session of Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha tomorrow. Since they are in judicial custody in cases registered by ED/CBI, both the agencies are directed to escort them..
SG agrees that they can vote in floor test.
"They will come in ED Custody and go back in ED custody", SG says.
Arora for Nawab Malik & Anil Deshmukh submits that the floor test is not like an ordinary election covered under Section 69(5) of RP Act.
Arora for petitioners say that the bench had issued notice in the petition seeking vote in MLC elections to consider larger questions relating Section 69(5)
Solicitor General says that the Supreme Court has refused to allow them to vote in the Maharashtra Legislative Council elections.
He cites the bar under Section 69(5) RPA which bars persons in prison from voting.
Solicitor General objects to the petition.
Justice Kant : Let them participate, they are elected MLAs. On a hypothetical situation, any central agencies can implicate MLAs in cases and prevent them...
Bench is now hearing the petitions filed by Nawab Malik and Anil Deshmukh, who are now in jail, seeking permission to vote in the floortest tomorrow.
Bench says it is ordering notice on the petitions and that tomorrows floor test proceedings will be subject to the final outcome of the writ petition.