New Delhi: Soon after resuming hearing in the disqualification matter, the Rajasthan High Court on Friday accepted team Pilot’s last-minute request to make the Union of India or Centre a party in the case. Also Read - 'Should We Hang Ourselves If Vaccines Are Not Available' Asks Union Minister Sadananda Gowda
The court then adjourned for 20 minutes, following which the crucial verdict is expected to be delayed. Notably, Pilot and rebel MLAs have move the applications on the grounds that the constitutional amendment is under challenge and, therefore, the Union of India is a necessary party now. Also Read - COVID-19 Grips Rural India: Villages Contribute to 70% of All Cases in Rajashtan
“Rajasthan High Court has made Centre a party in the case against Congress, in the petition filed by Sachin Pilot and MLAs against disqualification notice. Additional Solicitor General (ASG) will represent Centre in the court”, Prateek Kasliwal, lawyer of Speaker CP Joshi told reporters. Also Read - Rajasthan Door To Door Survey: 7 Lakh Show Fever, Cold And Cough Symptoms | Details Here
Earlier on Thursday, Congress MLA Prithviraj Meena had filed a petition in the HC to make the Centre a party. “It is humbly prayed that the Union of India through the Secretary, Ministry of Law and Justice, (Dept of Legal Affairs) be made a party/respondent to the present writ petition in the interest of justice and law”, the grand old party MLA said.
Notably, Assembly Speaker CP Joshi had served the disqualification notices to the rebel MLAs, including Pilot, on the charge of “anti-party activities” after they skipped Congress legislative party meetings, earlier this month.