BREAKING| Supreme Court Allows Jailed MLAs Nawab Malik & Anil Deshmukh To Participate In Tomorrow's Floor Test In Maharashtra Assembly
Supreme Court has allowed Jailed Maharashtra MLAs Nawab Malik and Anil Deshmukh to participate in the floor test, which the Governor has ordered to be held tomorrow to test the majority of the Maha Vikas Aghadi Government.
Advocate on Record Sudhanshu Choudhari mentioned the petition before a vacation bench of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala at 1 PM today for urgent hearing today itself.
The bench agreed to hear the petition at 5.30 PM today, along with the petition filed by Shiv Sena Chief Whip Sunil Prabhu challenging the Governor's direction for floor test.
Today morning, the bench agreed to hear at 5 PM today the petition filed by Prabhu, after an urgent mentioning was made by Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who termed the Governor's direction for floor test "illegal", as it is issued when disqualification petitons against Eknath Shinde and 15 rebel MLAs are pending.
While Malik is the Minority Development Minister, Deshmukh is the former Home Minister of Maharashtra. Both members of the Nationalist Congress Party are lodged in a prison in Mumbai in two separate cases under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
Last week, the Supreme Court had rejected their plea to allow voting in the Maharashtra Legislative Council elections.