SC refuses to restrain Rajasthan HC proceedings on rebel Congress MLAs’ petition

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to restrain the Rajasthan High Court from passing an order on rebel Congress MLAs’ petition over the disqualification notices issued to them by state Assembly Speaker CP Joshi.

The apex court allowed the Rajasthan high court to go ahead and deliver its judgement on the plea by the dissident MLAs against the disqualification notices.

However, the top court said that the high court’s judgment will be subject to the proceedings before the apex court.

“Let the high court deliver the judgement tomorrow,” the Top Court said.

The Bench said it will further hear the matter on July 27.

Former Deputy CM Sachin Pilot and rebel Congress MLAs have challenged the Speaker’s notices in court saying the notices under anti-defection law were not maintainable as voicing dissent does not amount to defection.

On Tuesday, the Rajasthan High Court said it will pronounce its decision on July 24 on a petition filed by Sachin Pilot and his team of rebels and requested the speaker not to take any action against the MLAs till then.

Amid the tussle between Sachin Pilot and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, the Congress had sacked Pilot as the Rajasthan deputy chief minister and the president of the state Congress unit.

The decision was taken after Pilot along with his MLAs skipped the Congress Legislature Party meetings.