24 hours breather for Fadnavis; SC reserves order for tomorrow

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Delhi: The Top court of the country on Monday said that it would pass its order on Tuesday morning on the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine’s petition against the Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari’s decision to swear in Devendra Fadnavis as the Chief Minister in a midnight coup engineered by the BJP with the support of Ajit Pawar.

A bench of the Apex court, comprising, Justice NV Ramana, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Sanjiv Khanna that was hearing the case from Sunday, is likely to pass an order on holding of a floor test.

Commencing arguments, SG Tushar Mehta commences arguments, raised preliminary objections to judicial review of the Governor’s decision. Mehta clarified that he was appearing for the Secretary of the Governor since the Governor could not be a party in person. “No party has till date gone to the Governor saying it can form the government.

The letter by Ajit Pawar to the Governor dated November 22 contains signatures of 54 MLAs,” he said.

The Court heard the plea of three parties, Sena, NCP and Congress that wish to form the government with Shiv Sena supremo, Uddhav Thackeray, as the Maharashtra Chief Minister. The Solicitor General of union government, Tushar Mehta submitted letters of the Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari and current Chief Minister Fadnavis in the Supreme Court. Mehta contended that the Governor was cognizant of facts and the situation after polls results that had led to invoking of President’s rule in the State.