Maharashtra: SC to hear rebel MLAs’ pleas challenging disqualification notices

The Maharashtra rebels have moved their battle to the Supreme Court. The top court will take up two petitions on Monday — one by rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde; the other by 15 MLAs belonging to his camp.

Shinde filed a petition challenging the decision of Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal to recognise Ajay Choudhary as the leader of the Shiv Sena Legislature Party instead of him.

Fifteen other MLAs from Shinde group have filed a separate petition challenging disqualification notices that Zirwal sent to them and Shinde.

The rebel MLAs have also sought a direction to the Union government and the Maharashtra director general of police to give security to their families.

“…not only the security of our families and relatives have been compromised by removing the security personnel but also there is an ongoing agenda wherein various leaders of the MVA government are instigating the cadres of their respective parties to take up violence to further intimidate us” read the plea.

The matter has been listed for hearing before a bench of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala, Bar and Bench reported.

Maharashtra has been embroiled in political crisis after Shinde along with rebel Sena MLAs left the State and have been camping in BJP-ruling Assam for the past few days. Shinde group has expressed its displeasure with the alliance by Shiv Sena with the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party.