The Sachin Pilot faction has received a major relief from the Rajasthan High Court, amidst the continuing political turmoil in Rajasthan that the High Court has ordered to maintain status quo. The court gave its verdict on the petition filed by the Sachin Pilot camp and imposed a stay on the disqualification notice of the Speaker, following which the Speaker will not be able to take any action against the Speaker, Sachin Pilot and 18 other MLAs. Now all eyes are on the Supreme Court, where the case will be heard on Monday, the Sachin Pilot camp has got immediate relief from the High Court in this case.
At the same time, Prateek Kasliwal, counsel for the speaker in the High Court, CP Joshi said that this is an immediate relief for Sachin Pilot, the High Court has ordered to maintain the status quo on the notice issued on the 14th. The speaker may decide on the disqualification of the rebels.
On 16 July, Sachin Pilot and rebel MLAs of the Congress, who took a rebellious stand amidst political turmoil in Rajasthan, approached the High Court. The pilot faction challenged the disqualification notice of Speaker CP Joshi while filing the petition. It was heard by a bench of Chief Justice Inderjit Mahanti and Justice Prakash Gupta in the Rajasthan High Court.
On July 21, on the disqualification notice, the High Court reserved its verdict till July 24, asking Speaker CP Joshi not to take any action against these MLAs till then. The speaker had filed a petition in the Supreme Court against this, on Thursday, the Supreme Court refused to grant relief to the Speaker. The Supreme Court had said that the High Court can pass the verdict, but, this decision will depend on what the Supreme Court adopts in future on the petition of the Speaker.
The whole affair started when a Congress Legislature Party meeting was convened twice last week amid political turmoil in Rajasthan, in which the party complained to the Speaker of the Assembly for violating the whip for not participating in the pilot faction. The speaker then issued a disqualification notice against these MLAs. However, the pilot faction says that the party’s whip applies only during the running of the assembly session, against which they moved the High Court. Pilot was dismissed from the post of Deputy Chief Minister and State Congress President after not reaching the meeting and rebelling against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.