INDIA. Mumbai: The petitions related to the political war between the Shiv Sena and the Chief Minister Eknath Shinde camp have been listed for hearing before a five-member Constitution bench in the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday.
The case has been listed before the bench comprising Justice DY Chandrachud, M R Shah, Krishna Murari, Hima Kohli, and PS Narasimha.
The request for urgent listing was made to consider whether the Election Commission (EC) of India should proceed with the proceedings initiated before the Shinde faction to be recognized as the real Shiv Sena. On Tuesday, senior advocate NK Kaul mentioned the case before a bench led by the Chief Justice of India UU Lalit on behalf of the Shinde camp.
The Shinde camp is seeking an urgent hearing on the matter pending with the EC about its claim for recognition as ‘real’ Shiv Sena. Based on the Uddhav Thackeray-led camp, the SC has directed EC not to proceed with the matter until the case is resolved.
It may be noted that the three-judge bench headed by former CJI NV Ramana on August 23 had referred the cases to a Constitution Bench.
On Tuesday, Kaul told the court that as per SC’s last order, the issue of whether proceedings before the ECI can go on or not were to be taken up by the Constitution bench. The court had directed that the case be listed on August 25 to consider that question, but it was not listed.
While issuing no clear directions on the date of listing, the Chief Justice of India indicated that the date will be given by Thursday. “Nothing of the cut can be said, but the bench may give the date tomorrow,” he added.