Guv, Sena war of words in SC over impartiality of dy speaker

NEW DELHI: Counsel for Maharashtra governor B S Koshyari and Shiv Sena chief whip Sunil Prabhu on Wednesday exchanged accusations in the Supreme Court after the governor doubted the impartiality of deputy speaker of assembly, reports Dhananjay Mahapatra.
The Sena leader’s counsel A M Singhvi pleaded for allowing the deputy speaker to resume SC-stalled disqualification proceedings against all 39 rebel Sena MLAs to determine who would be eligible to vote in the floor test. He requested for deferment of Thursday’s floor test till a final decision in the disqualification proceedings.

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Solicitor general Tushar Mehta, appearing for the governor, told the court that the deputy speaker is barred by the SC ruling in Nabam Rebia case from proceeding with disqualification proceedings against MLAs when his removal petition is pending in the House.
The SG said, “The deputy speaker’s office is being misused for altering the numbers of the House”. It invited a strong rejoinder from Singhvi. “The speaker is always a suspect, but the governor is a holy cow. For 12 months the governor has not approved the nomination of MLCs. He is acting with political considerations,” he alleged.

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