Rajasthan HC holds off action against Pilot and MLAs.
Rajasthan HC holds off action against Sachin Pilot and other rebel MLAs till July 21. Sachin Pilot has challenged the disqualification notice sent to him and his 18 MLAs by the Assembly Speaker of Rajasthan. Two days ago Rajasthan Assembly Speaker issued a notice to Pilot and his MLAs for not attending the CLP meetings.
The bench of Rajasthan High Court hearing Pilot’s challenge against disqualification notice has asked assembly speaker CP Joshi to hold off any action till Tuesday 5:30 pm. The next hearing for the case will begin on Monday 10 am. The Pilot camp was to respond to the notice by Friday evening. However, the high court order which came minutes before the deadline, has given the Pilot camp extra time to think.
Sachin Pilot and his group challenged the disqualification notice under the anti-defection law. The law states that they have not done or said anything that indicates that they want to part their ways from the Congress. The legislators from the Pilot camp argued that they have not given up their membership of the House. They also say that on the grounds of defection they are not liable for disqualification just because they didn’t attend the CLP meetings.
Representing Sachin Pilot and other MLAs, Advocate Harish Salve says to the HC that any action outside the House does not violate the anti-defection law. Besides Harish Salve, Mukul Rohatgi is also representing the Pilot camp. From the Congress side Abhishek Manu Singhvi is appointed as the lawyer for the Rajasthan Assembly Speaker CP Joshi.
Congress blames BJP.
Congress blames BJP for trying to topple the Gehlot government in Rajasthan. The grand old party alleges Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat for horse-trading of Rajasthan MLAs. Audio tapes having the recording of the conspiracy to topple the Gehlot government has created a row in Rajasthan.
According to Congress chief spokesperson Surjewala, Union Minister Gajendra Shekhawat, MLA Sharma and BJP leader Sanjay Jain are heard conspiring in the audio tapes. However, BJP denies all the allegations of horse-trading of Rajasthan MLAs. Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat also denies the accusations and says that he is ready for the probe.