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The Supreme Court of India is sitting on a Sunday to hear a petition related to the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra.
The matter is being heard by a Bench of Justices NV Ramana, Ashok Bhushan, and Sanjiv Khanna.
Live updates of the hearing follow:
Submissions of Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal
Submission of Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi
Submissions of Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi
Breaking: Supreme Court directs Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to produce the two letters – One by Governor inviting BJP to form govt, and Second the letter of support placed by Fadnavis tomorrow. Appropriate orders will be passed by the Court at 10.30 AM tomorrow after seeing these letters.
The Supreme Court also issues notice to Devendra Fadnavis, Ajit Pawar, Union of India, and the State of Maharashtra.
The Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party, and the Indian National Congress had approached the Supreme Court after BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. The alliance of the three parties has approached the Apex Court challenging the decision of the Governor to invite the BJP to form a “minority government”.
The petitioners have alleged that the Governor of Maharashtra has acted in a “partisan manner” and “made a mockery of the high office of the Governor”. In fact, the petitioners have further added that the actions of the Governor indicate that he has acted at the behest of a political party, in this case, the BJP.
Therefore, the alliance parties have prayed for the Court to quash the order of the Governor inviting Fadnavis to form the government as void ab initio, illegal, and arbitrary. They have also sought a direction from the Court to the Governor to invite the alliance, which has the support of more than 144 MLAs, to form the government in Maharashtra.