Last Updated: September 18, 2023, 16:27 IST
Uddhav Faction asked SC to let the proceedings before speaker be videographed. (File photo/PTI)
The Apex court also asked the speaker to inform it within two weeks, of the timeline of how these disqualification proceedings would be conducted
In the Shiv Sena vs Shiv Sena legal war, the Supreme Court on Monday pulled up Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Rahul Narwekar for not acting on disqualification pleas on time and tasked him to take up such petitions within one week.
The Apex court also asked the speaker to inform it within two weeks, of the timeline of how these disqualification proceedings would be conducted and expressed disappointment over the delay in the process of disqualifications that arose as a result of the rift within the Shiv Sena party between the Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde factions.
The court’s disapproval comes as the speaker of the Maharashtra assembly was earlier directed to decide the disqualification petition in a reasonable time, which he failed to deliver.
“The contentions in this writ are that despite the passing of months, the Speaker has not decided the disqualification petitions…Ld. SG appearing for Speaker submitted a complication…53+3 MLAs were disqualified from the two factions and 34 petitions were filed," the CJI said during the hearing.
The CJI also noted that under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution, the speaker cannot delay such proceedings indefinitely and Maharashtra Assembly Speaker’s actions represent a sense of disrespect to the directions passed by the Court.