Maintain status-quo in disqualification notice against Pilot: Rajasthan high court
Jaipur: In a big relief to Sachin Pilot, the Rajasthan high court has asked the state assembly Speaker to maintain status-quo and not to take any action in the matter of disqualification notice issued by the Speaker against the sacked deputy chief minister and 18 other MLAs. The matter will come up for hearing in the Supreme Court on Monday. The Speaker is unlikely to take any action until the Supreme Court hearing completes.
The Rajasthan high court had completed the hearing into the petition filed by Sachin Pilot camp against the disqualification notice. The disqualification notice was issued by the Speaker when Pilot and 18 other MLAs didn’t attend the Congress legislative party meeting.
The political turmoil began in Rajasthan on July 10 when the Rajasthan Special Operations Group (SOG) arrested two people and suspected their involvement in a conspiracy to topple the state government. SOG issued notice to Gehlot and Pilot for questioning.
Miffed over this, Pilot and some MLAs went to Delhi. Gehlot called a legislative party meeting, but when Pilot and other MLAs didn’t attend, he lodged a complaint with the Assembly Speaker. On July 14, the Speaker issued a notice to 19 MLAs including Pilot seeking explanation as to why they should not be disqualified for ignoring the party whip. On July 16, Pilot camp moved the Rajasthan high court.
Gehlot needs support of 102 MLAs for proving majority in the assembly.