On 27.07.2020, the Supreme Court allowed the Rajasthan Assembly Speaker CP Joshi to withdraw his SLP against the High Court’s order in the disqualification process of the State’s former Deputy CM Sachin Pilot and other 18 Congress legislators.
Senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Sunil Fernandes appeared before the bench of Justices B R Gavai and Krishna Murari, headed by Justice Arun Mishra and said that they have been informed by their client, to withdraw the case from the Supreme Court as it has become ‘infructuous’ with the State HC, on July 24, passing a detailed order, effectively delaying the disqualification proceedings against Mr. Sachin Pilot and other 18 Congress MLAs for an indefinite period. He further said that the Apex Court had failed to put a stay on the HC proceedings, leading to the latter court’s order on July 24, 2020.
The SC dismissed their plea to stop the High court from deciding the validity of the anti-defection notices he has issued to Mr. Pilot and the other 18 MLAs. Further to this the Apex Court on July 23, said that “the HC order on the next day would be the final decision of the SC on the Speaker’s petition.”
The State’s HC had passed an order on July, 24 maintenance of status quo on the disqualification notice which was issued by the State Assembly Speaker to the former Deputy CM of the State Mr. Sachin Pilot and other 18 dissident Congress MLAs.
Hence, the SLP is retracted with the liberty to file a fresh SLP and to keep all the grounds open as contented by Senior Advocate Sunil Fernandes before the bench.