On the question of reference, the coram on 17-02-2023 had stated that the matter could not be decided in isolation and divorced from the facts of the case and same needed to be decided along with the merits of the case.
The Supreme Court held that the issue of whether a reference to a bench of 7 judges should be made cannot be considered in the abstract, isolated and divorced from the facts of the case. The bench to decide the issue, along with the merits of the case on 21-02-2023.
The Supreme court while considering the plea posed by Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal appearing on behalf of Uddhav Thackeray faction seeking reference of the Nabam Rabia judgment reserved its order dated 16-02-2023.
Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal went on to argue that the ‘rebel’ MLA’s action was a misuse of the Nabam Rebia principle as this could mean that the disqualification proceedings could be stalled by merely sending a notice seeking the Speaker’s removal. He placed heavy reliance on Article 179 and 181 and the 10th Schedule of the Constitution of India. The hearing before the Supreme Court will continue tomorrow i.e., 15-02-2023.
Supreme Court: In a significant development in Maharashtra’s political turmoil, the vacation Bench comprising Surya Kant and J.B. Pardiwala, JJ., directed to