Congress rebel Sachin Pilot and his loyal team who set ripples in Rajasthan politics heaved a sigh of relief on Thursday as the Supreme Court allowed the Rajasthan high court to pass orders on a plea filed by the former.
Questioning speaker CP Joshi’s request for a stay on the proceedings, the apex court ruled in favour of Congress leader Sachin Pilot and 18 other dissident MLAs. “Can a person elected by people not express his dissent? Voice of dissent cannot be suppressed.
In a democracy, can somebody be shut down like this?” asked Justice Arun Misha, heading the Supreme Court bench.
Speaker Joshi faced enough flare from the Court while the bench expressed discontent over why the Speaker, a neutral person, approached the court at all. The Rajasthan High Court’s ruling will, however, be subject to the final order of the Supreme Court, which will take up the case on July 27th, Monday.
The Pilot camp filed a caveat petition in the court, saying nothing should be done without notifying them first. It further argued that the party whip applies only when the assembly is in session and issuing such a notice is a violation of their freedom of expression.
Rebel Congress leaders, however, argue that they don’t want to leave the party and only want a change in old leadership.