Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray group moves SC against Speaker recognizing new whip; hearing on 11 July
Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the Thackeray camp, told the bench that the newly appointed Speaker has no jurisdiction to recognize whips nominated by Eknath Shinde. Read more on Dynamite News:
New Delhi: The Uddhav Thackeray-led camp of Shiv Sena on Monday went to the Supreme Court challenging the newly appointed Maharashtra Assembly Speaker's recognition of the whip of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde group as the whip of Shiv Sena.
Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the Thackeray camp, told a bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and JK Maheswari that the newly appointed Speaker has no jurisdiction to recognize whips nominated by Shinde as Uddhav Thackeray is still the head of Shiv Sena official party.
The action is changing the status quo of proceedings before the Apex Court, he added.
"The speaker has no jurisdiction to recognize whips. This is changing the status quo of proceedings before this court. The speaker yesterday at the stroke of midnight elected the whip," Singhvi said while mentioning the matter for urgent hearing.
The Top Court posted the matter for hearing on July 11, along with other pending pleas.
On Sunday, the newly elected speaker of the Maharashtra Assembly, Rahul Narvekar, recognized Bharat Gogawale as the new Chief Whip of Shiv Sena and Eknath Shinde as the new Legislative Party leader in the house.
The Uddhav Thackeray camp had removed Shinde as Legislative Party leader and appointed Ajay Chaudhary to the post while Sunil Prabhu was appointed Chief Whip. (with Agency inputs)