Big relief for Pilot & Co: Rajasthan HC orders ‘status quo’ in case

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In a big relief to Sachin Pilot and his 18 associates in dissent, the Rajasthan High Court today (July 24) dealt a sort of blow to state assembly Speaker CP Joshi by ordering maintenance of “status quo” on the disqualification notices issued by the Speaker.

The ‘order’ was delivered by Rajasthan High Court division bench of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Prakash Gupta.

This case, therefore, goes over to the Supreme Court from Monday.

The high court had heard, for three days, submissions by Congress leader and former Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan Sachin Pilot and 18 other MLAs, challenging disqualification notices served to them by the state assembly Speaker CP Joshi.

In the beginning of the day the court allowed an application by the plaintiff to implead the Centre as a party to the proceedings. Hence the Union of India was made party to the proceedings before the court. Having done this, the court adjourned for 15 minutes, to enable the Asst Solicitor General to get instructions from the Central government on the matter.

It may be recalled that yesterday (July 24), the Supreme Court had allowed the pronouncement of the verdict of the high court to go ahead, but had added a caveat that this verdict will be part of the proceedings at the top court that start on Monday.

– India Legal Bureau

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