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Rajasthan crisis: HC orders status quo, pilot camp gets a boost | India News

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JAIPUR: The Rajasthan HC on Friday ordered the status quo on disqualification notices issued to fired MP CM Sachin Pilot and 18 other MLAs in Congress, giving the dissident camp a second boost in the days after the Supreme Court’s refusal to entertain the appeal of the speaker of the assembly to restrict the bench of the superior court so that it does not rule on the matter.
The implication of the superior court order is that Speaker CP Joshi will not be able to act immediately on the notices he had delivered to dissident legislators under Clause 2 (1) (a) of List X of the Constitution, which addresses disqualification on grounds for violating the anti-defection law.
“After completing the presentation of the arguments of the parties and the intervenors, the parties’ attorney will be free to submit a request for an early hearing of the judicial petition. Until then, the status quo will remain, as it exists today with respect to the contested notices dated 14.07.2020, “the order states.
However, the bank rejected two pleas from the dissidents: that their MLA status be confirmed because they were still in Congress, and that their act of boycotting CLP meetings was declared outside the scope of the grounds for disqualification.
The division bank of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Judge Prakash Gupta on Friday admitted another request from the Pilots’ camp, this time to make the Center a party to the case due to the constitutional validity of the contested List X. The bank has given the Center time to respond.

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