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SC asks for relevant records, defers Sena-NCP-Cong plea over Maharashtra govt

Singhvi argued Supreme Court has consistently ordered floor tests to be held immediately under such scenario

Sunday November 24, 2019 12:54 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Maharashtra Govt SC Hearing

[Sharad Pawar in a meeting with NCP MLAs at Yashwantrao Chauhan Center in Mumbai Saturday. ( Photo: Tweeted by Nawab Malik)]

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India Sunday issued notices to all parties directing them to submit all the relevant records and deferred the hearing in the petition on Maharashtra government till 10:30 am Monday.

The Supreme Court on Sunday said it is not aware of the order of the Maharashtra Governor B.S. Koshyari over government formation in Maharashtra and asked all the parties to submit all the relevant documents and records in the court by Monday morning.

"We request Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to produce relevant documents from Guv’s letter for inviting BJP to form govt & letter of support of MLAs by 10.30 am tomorrow", the SC bench of Justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna, said.

Earlier responding to objection raised by Mukul Rohatgi, Judges said in this court "sky is the limit" and said to ask any question, as senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi questioned prayers in the writ petition. Judges said "we are not aware of the order of the Governor."

Congress counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi told the Supreme Court as to how can Ajit Pawar become the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) when 41 of 54 elected NCP members signed a document at 3.30 p.m. on November 22. These MLAs said Ajit Pawar is not NCP legislative party leader.

Singhvi argued Supreme Court has consistently ordered floor tests to be held immediately under such scenario.

Solicitor general Tushar Mehta and senior advocate Rohatgi, appearing for some BJP MLAs, objected to the submission in petition that the political parties claiming violation of fundamental rights in the Supreme Court. These parties should go to the Bombay High Court.

Rohatgi said there was no need for this Sunday hearing.

Justice Ashok Bhushan said that is prerogative of the Chief Justice.

Singhvi said BJP is shying from a floor test. Floor test is not adverse to newly sworn Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister. Rohtagi said correct procedure is party should be served and some time should have been given to respond, and there should be not be an urgent hearing.

The Governor's decision is not open to judicial review, Rohtagi said before the Supreme Court.

Rohtagi said all the prayers in the petition are directed against the Governor. Governor's choice is not open to judicial review. But Congress insisted on floor test on Sunday or Monday.

Rohatgi countered the Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP petition that Governor/President has some discretion and immunity under Article 361 to choose a person who stakes claim and appoints him Chief Minister or Prime Minister. The bottomline is ultimately the majority has to be proved on the floor of the House.

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