The crisis in the Shiv Sena — which is taking place across two states, Maharashtra and Guwahati — has now reached the doors of the Supreme Court.
After Maharashtra assembly deputy speaker Narhari Zirwal on Saturday began the process of disqualification of rebel legislators and issued summons to 16 MLAs, including Eknath Shinde to file a written reply by Monday evening, the breakaway gang has taken the matter into the legal zone, saying they would challenge the summons.
a relief to rebel Shiv Sena lawmakers led by Eknath Shinde, the Supreme Court on Monday kept in abeyance the disqualification proceedings before the Maharashtra Assembly Deputy Speaker till July 12 and sought responses to pleas by rebels questioning the legality of notices seeking their disqualification.
A Vacation Bench of Justices Surya Kant and J B Pardiwala also directed the state government to protect the life, liberty, and property of 39 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs and their family members.
While issuing notice to the Maharashtra Deputy Speaker, the top court directed him to put on affidavit records of no-trust notice served upon him by rebel MLAs.
The top court also recorded the statement of Maharashtra’s counsel that adequate steps have been taken to protect the life and property of rebel MLAs.
The matter will now be heard on July 11