Verdict on Shiv Sena dispute in Maharashtra today
Verdict on Shiv Sena dispute in Maharashtra today: Supreme Court had said – Governor should not get involved in politics
There will be a hearing in the Supreme Court today i.e. on Friday on the matter related to the division of Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. A five-judge bench headed by the CJI will give its verdict by referring the case to a seven-judge bench. In the last hearing, the court reprimanded Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. The CJI said that the government should stay away from politics in the process of government formation. If any faction stakes claim to form the government, the Governor should ensure a vote of confidence in the House.
During the hearing, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Governor, said that the government was formed in the state by horse-trading. After the elections, such parties formed the government by breaking the alliance, which contested against each other. On this, the CJI interrupted Mehta and said that how such a comment from the Governor regarding government formation can be accepted as an argument.
In response, Mehta said that I am only opposing the decision of the 2016 Nabam Rebia case to send the matter to a larger bench. Senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Shiv Sena Thackeray, argued in favour of referring the matter to a seven-judge bench.
In Maharashtra, in June 2022, the Uddhav Thackeray faction demanded the disqualification of CM Eknath Shinde and his supporting MLAs. However, before the Thackeray faction's demand, a notice to remove Deputy Speaker Sitaram Jirwal from the Shinde faction was pending.
In the 2016 Nabam Rebia case of Arunachal Pradesh, the Supreme Court had ordered that the Speaker cannot proceed with the disqualification process of MLAs if a petition for his removal is pending.