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Rajasthan crisis: HC orders status quo, Pilot camp gets boost | India News – Times of India

JAIPUR: The Rajasthan HC on Friday ordered status quo on the disqualification notices issued to sacked deputy CM Sachin Pilot and 18 other Congress MLAs, giving the dissident camp a second boost in as many days after the Supreme Court’s refusal to entertain the assembly speaker’s plea to restrain the high court bench from ruling on the matter.
The implication of the high court’s order is that speaker CP Joshi won’t be able to immediately act on the notices he had served to the dissident legislators under Clause 2(1)(a) of the Constitution’s Schedule X, which deals with disqualification on grounds of violating the anti-defection law.
“After completion of filing pleadings of the parties and the intervenors, counsel for the parties shall be at liberty to file an application for early hearing of the writ petition. Till then, the status quo, as exists today vis-a-vis the impugned notices dated 14.07.2020, shall be maintained,” states the order.
The bench, however, rejected two pleas by the dissidents — that their status as MLAs be upheld on account of them being still with Congress and that their act of boycotting CLP meetings be declared outside the purview of grounds for disqualification.
The division bench of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Prakash Gupta on Friday admitted another petition by the Pilot camp, this one to make the Centre a party to the case on grounds of the constitutional validity of Schedule X being challenged. The bench has given the Centre time to respond.

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