Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Rahul Narvekar with Chief Minister Ekant Shinde. file | Photo Credit: ANI
Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Rahul Narvekar had said on May 13 that it is not possible to rush the process of deciding on a political party Whip and hearing of all disqualification petitionsand that a fair opportunity was to be given to all.
On 11 May, the Supreme Court of India said Mr. Narvekar’s decision to quash the approval of Ajay Chowdhary (of the Maha Vikas Aghadi) as leader of the Shiv Sena Legislature Party while authorizing the appointment of Mr. Shinde was “perverse”. . Law”.
The court also directed Mr Narvekar to recognize the whip and leader, duly authorized by the Shiv Sena political party, and take a decision on the disqualification proceedings (by the 16 members of the Legislative Assembly) within a “reasonable period”.
talking to hindu, Shri Narvekar listed the questions before him. He said, “The moot question is to first decide who represents the political party. On that basis, I have to decide who is the whip, according to political party. Then I have to consider the merits of the multiple disqualification petitions.”
“All the provisions of the Code of Civil Procedure will apply – leading of evidence, examination of the chief, cross-examination, verification etc. Only then I will be able to reach a decision by giving everyone a fair chance.
“The hearing will start soon. The Election Commission of India took about four months while the courts took about nine months. We cannot rush this process.
The apex court had on May 11 termed as “illegal” Navekar’s decision to recognize Bharat Gogawale (of the Eknath Shinde camp) as the new chief whip and said that Sunil Prabhu (of the MVA) was appointed by the political party Shiv Sena. Went but not the Legislature Party as Chief Whip.
On June 21, 2022, Shri Shinde, the leader of the Shiv Sena in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, suddenly left Mumbai for Surat along with several other Shiv Sena MLAs. This rebel party later moved to Guwahati.
After the disqualification, proceedings were issued against the first batch of 16 MLAs and they were served notices. The group was given 48 hours to respond to the said notice.
The next day, the group led by Mr Shinde filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the proceedings against the 16 MLAs.