Maharashtra Politics: Submit all documents of Governor by tomorrow morning; says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Sunday issued notice to Centre, Maharashtra Government, Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar after hearing the petition of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress challenging Governor’s invitation to Fadnavis to form the government in Maharashtra.

The top court has ordered centre to produce relevant documents from Governor’s letter inviting BJP to form government and letter of support of MLAs by tomorrow morning.

The three parties has demanded that the BJP immediately face a floor test if it has the numbers.

A bench of Justices NV Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjeev Khanna started hearing the petition of Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP at 11.30 am today morning. All sides submitted their arguments. These three parties – NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena challenged the Governor’s decision to administer the oath to Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar.

Kapil Sibal and Manu Singhvi argued on behalf of the three parties. After hearing all the sides, the bench pronounced their order.

Mukul Rohatgi, who appeared for the BJP in the Apex Court, said, “I do not know why the hearing is being held on Sunday, there should be no hearing on Sunday. According to me this case (petition of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress) should not be listed.” However, the court said that the matter has been filed so nothing can be done on it.

Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar were sworn in by Governor Koshyari on Saturday morning after dramatic midnight developments, leading to the lifting of President’s Rule in Maharashtra.

The opposition parties have accused Governor BS Koshyari of acting illegally.

Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala on Saturday lashed out at BJP. He termed BJP as ‘Contract Killer Of Democracy’. In a press briefing, Surjewala said, BJP have actually betrayed the people of Maharashtra.