Rajasthan HC order on Sachin Pilot, Congress rebel MLAs’ plea on Friday

Sachin Pilot (File image)

The Rajasthan High Court will pronounce its order on Friday (July 24) on the writ petition filed by Sachin Pilot and 18 other dissident Congress MLAs challenging the disqualification notices issued to them by the state assembly speaker.

The High Court also requested the Speaker CP Joshi to defer action on disqualification notices to the MLAs till Friday.

The MLAs were served the disqualification notice after the Congress party complained to Speaker Joshi that the lawmakers had defied a whip to attend two Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meetings last week on Monday and Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot held the third meeting with Congress MLAs at a resort in Jaipur on Tuesday.

During the CLP meeting, CM Gehlot said, “Neither Congress nor BJP wants Assembly to be dissolved & election to take place… The entire country is watching the way you’re fighting. Your respect has increased manifold. It’s not something ordinary. All of you have phones, there’s no pressure on anyone.”

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On Monday, the bench had observed that a whip can be issued only for an Assembly session but not with respect to a party meeting.

Appearing for the Pilot team, Senior lawyer Mukul Rohatgi argued during the hearing today that the rebels were granted less time for a reply than as stated in rules and that there are no reasons recorded for issuing the notice. The court had earlier allowed the MLAs time till Tuesday 5.30 pm to file their response.

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