Supreme Court asks Election Commission not to decide on Eknath Shinde camp's claim
"We are not issuing any orders, so refrain from acting hastily. But at the same time, refrain from acting hastily," CJI stated. The Eknath Shinde faction's claim would be heard on August 8 as scheduled by the Election Commission.
The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Election Commission to defer judgement on the Shinde camp's claim to represent the genuine Shiv Sena for the time being. The panel will decide by Monday whether to refer the case involving the political situation in Maharashtra to a larger bench, according to CJI NV Ramana.
The Eknath Shinde faction's claim would be heard on August 8 as scheduled by the Election Commission. "We are not issuing any orders, so refrain from acting hastily. But at the same time, refrain from acting hastily "CJI stated.
The CJI ruled, "Heard all counsels. Counsels submitted issues. We will decide whether to refer the matter to a 5-judge Constitution bench. The EC has decided on August 8 to submit reply by the Uddhav faction. They will seek time. EC to grant a reasonable adjournment. We will take a call by Monday."
As the CJI heard both sides, Harish Salve representing the Shinde faction argued that there was no evidence to support the Uddhav group's claim that the MLAs from the Shinde faction were no longer party members.
The Thackeray side contested the election of the Speaker and the new administration, while Shinde and the rebel MLAs were the first to petition the Supreme Court against the Deputy Speaker's disqualification notice. The SC advised the EC to refrain from acting prematurely in response to the Shinde camp's petition for recognition as the legitimate Shiv Sena.
Eknath Shinde claims to be the genuine Sena "A group of 39 people cannot be branded rebels by a group of 15 MLAs. In actuality, the opposite is true," in his response to the court, which is now considering a number of petitions related to the subject, he had stated. With the support of two-thirds of the Sena MLAs, Shinde has so far taken control of the party in the legislature. But in addition to other legal conditions, claiming the party as a whole requires evidence of majority within grassroots groups.