Updated: July 4, 2022 8:46:48 pm
The Uddhav Thackeray faction of the Shiv Sena on Monday moved the Supreme Court and sought a stay on new Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Rahul Narwekar’s decision to recognise the Eknath Shinde group’s nominee as the party’s chief whip.
Senior advocate A M Singhvi mentioned the plea before a bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and J K Maheshwari, seeking a stay and urgent listing of the matter for hearing.
The court said it does not have the files before it and listed it for hearing on July 11, when the court reopens after summer recess.
Singhvi said the other side had approached the court last month seeking a stay on the recognition of a whip but the court, on June 27, did not grant the relief and posted the matter for hearing on July 11.
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“Contrary to the denial of stay in that writ, yesterday the new Speaker recognised a new whip, which was specifically the prayer not entertained on June 27. It is contrary to the denial of relief on June 27,” Singhvi said.
He contended that the Speaker has “no jurisdiction to recognise whips, which is the matter for the party — the political party, not the legislature party”.
“It is undisputed that the Udhav Thackeray group is the leader of the political party even though the majority may or may not have changed in the legislature party,” he submitted. “So, this is actually changing the status quo under Your Lordships proceedings’ nose, which is now listed on July 11. The Speaker should not have yesterday evening, by the stroke of a midnight pen, recognised some other whip. The whip is something [the] party nominates.”
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