Rajasthan Assembly Speaker CP Joshi Moves SC Challenging HC's Status Quo Order, Meets Guv Kalraj Mishra
Rajasthan Assembly Speaker C P Joshi Wednesday moved the Supreme Court challenging the July 24 order of the high court which had directed maintenance of status quo on the disqualification notice issued to 19 dissident Congress MLAs, including sacked deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot.
In his appeal, the Speaker said that high court's order is "ex-facie unconstitutional" and is a "direct intrusion" into the domain exclusively reserved for the Speaker under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution.
The plea, filed through advocate Sunil Fernandes, claimed that the high court's order is a "direct interference" in the 'proceedings of the House' under the Tenth Schedule, which is prohibited under Article 212 of the Constitution.
"It is further submitted that the impugned order is completely non reasoned and does not reveal any reasons for passing the status quo order," the plea said.
The assembly Speaker had issued the notice to these MLAs on July 14 after the ruling Congress had complained to him that the legislators had defied a whip to attend two legislature party meetings.
The high court had passed the order on the plea filed by these MLAs who have challenged the disqualification notice issued to them.
Amid the political turmoil in Rajasthan, state assembly Speaker on Wednesday met Governor Kalraj Mishra.
Governor Mishra greeted Joshi on his birthday and offered him a copy of Bhagwat Geeta, wishing him a healthy and long life.
Dr Joshi too gave 'prasad' of Shri Nathji Temple to the Governor.
Earlier during the day, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also visited the Raj Bhawan and met the Governor.