In a relief for former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister and PCC chief Sachin Pilot and 18 of his loyalist MLA’s, the Rajasthan High Court, while extending its hearing on the issue to next week, has given them a four-day reprieve from any action by the assembly Speaker on the disqualification notices served on them.
The division bench of the court, hearing the dissident MLAs’ petition against the Speaker’s notices, adjourned on Friday evening. It fixed the next hearing for 10 am on Monday.
The counsel for the Speaker assured the court that no order shall be passed on the notice till 5.30 pm on Tuesday.
Earlier, Speaker C P Joshi had written to the court that the notices would not be acted upon till 5 pm on Friday.
The counsel agreed to extend this to 5.30 pm on Tuesday as the court is yet to give an order on the petition.
Harish Salve and Mukul Rohatgi argued for the petitioners via video conference. Abhishek Manu Singhvi was among those who argued on behalf of the Speaker.
The petition had challenged the notices based on a Congress complaint that the MLAs should be disqualified from the Rajasthan Assembly for defying a party whip.