Madhya Pradesh Crisis
Madhya Pradesh Crisis

Madhya Pradesh Political Crisis: Court mulls appointment of independent observer to ensure rebel MLAs are acting of their own will

Bar & Bench

The Supreme Court today continued hearing the petition filed by BJP leaders seeking a floor test in the wake of the Madhya Pradesh political crisis.

The matter was heard by a Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta.

Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the Speaker of the state assembly, resumed his arguments today. He reiterated that the discretion of the Speaker is sought to be short circuited by calling for the Floor Test.

He stated that the absence of MLAs would lead to the creation of a smaller House.

When Justice Chandrachud inquired about what can be done - should the Speaker not take a call on the resignations, Singhvi suggested that a reasonable time be given to the Speaker to decide on the same.

Singhvi further submitted that the Speaker's decision cannot be taken in case the rebel MLAs are produced through video conferencing.

At this point, Justice Chandrachud expressed an inclination for the Court to appoint an observer to ensure that the rebel MLAs are acting of their own will and volition.

He said that appointing an independent observer to ensure free will of the rebel MLAs is a method to alleviate the apprehension of captivity and coercion. Senior Advocate Maninder Singh, appearing for the MLAs, was agreeable to this suggestion.

Singhvi then asked the Court to give the Speaker two weeks' time to decide on the resignations, once the rebel MLAs return to Madhya Pradesh.

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