Jailed NCP leaders Nawab Malik, Anil Deshmukh move SC for participation in floor test


Advocate Sudhanshu S Choudhuri told a vacation bench of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala that the two MLAs have been booked for offences under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and are in jail, reported PTI

Nawab Malik and Anil Deshmukh. File Pic


Amid political turmoil in the state, jailed Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLAs Nawab Malik and Anil Deshmukh on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court seeking permission to participate in the Maharashtra Assembly floor test.

Advocate Sudhanshu S Choudhuri told a vacation bench of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala that the two MLAs have been booked for offences under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and are in jail, reported PTI.

Choudhuri told the vacation bench of the apex court that the two leaders want to participate in the Maharashtra legislative assembly floor test scheduled to be held on Thursday at 11 am.

He said they are moving an intervention application which may be heard in the evening after the plea of Shiv Sena leader Sunil Prabhu challenging the decision taken by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari asking the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government to prove majority on Thursday. The bench then said it would take up their application at 5.30 pm.


The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear at 5 pm the plea of Shiv Sena chief whip Sunil Prabhu challenging the Maharashtra Governor’s direction to the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government to take floor test in the Assembly on Thursday.

A vacation bench of Justices Surya Kant and J B Pardiwala took note of submissions of senior advocate A M Singhvi that an urgent hearing was needed in view of the decision taken by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari asking the MVA government to prove majority at 11 am on Thursday.

“We will keep at 5 pm. Please make sure that paper books are supplied by 3 pm to parties concerned,” the bench said.
Singhvi said the floor test cannot include names which are “stigmatised”.

Earlier, the apex court on June 27 had kept in abeyance the disqualification proceedings against rebel Shiv Sena MLAs before the Deputy Speaker of the state Assembly till July 11, and also sought responses from the state government and others on their pleas questioning the legality of notices seeking their disqualification.

(With inputs from PTI)







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