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The Supreme Court is expected to pronounce its order today in the plea filed by the Shiv Sena, the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress party protesting the Governor’s decision to invite the BJP to form the government in Maharashtra .
The three parties had moved the Supreme Court on Saturday challenging the Devendra Fadnavis-led government as a “minority government”.
The parties not only questioned the urgency displayed by the Governor in administering the oath to Devendra Fadnavis for the post of Chief Minister and the former NCP leader Ajit Pawar as the Deputy CM but also questioned why the President’s rule was revoked from Maharashtra at as early as 5.47am on Saturday morning.
The parties are seeking an early floor test to prove the majority and have also prayed for the quashing of the Governor’s order through which Fadnavis was invited to form the government. Thus, an early listing and an urgent hearing in the matter was sought and the parties had prayed for a hearing on Saturday night itself.
The petition was registered on Saturday, and thereafter heard on Sunday morning by a Bench of Justices NV Ramana, Ashok Bhushan, and Sanjiv Khanna.
Live updates from today follow:
Submissions by Tushar Mehta
Senior Counsel Mukul Rohatgi begins submissions
Senior Counsel Maninder Singh makes submissions on behalf of Ajit Pawar
Kapil Sibal making Submissions
Abhishek Manu Singhvi making Submissions
Rohatgi makes rejoinder submissions
Yesterday, the Court head arguments by Senior Advocates Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi for the petitioners and Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi for some BJP MLAs. Whereas Solicitor General Tushar Mehta was present in Court, he had not been instructed at the time as to whom he is representing.
Following yesterday’s special hearing, the Court called for the production of letters related to formation of the government in the state i.e. the letter by the Governor inviting the BJP to form the government, and the letter of support of Devendra Fadnavis.
Read and account of yesterday’s hearing here.