Key Maharashtra Hearing Today - Show letters: Supreme Court

Key Maharashtra Hearing Today - Show letters: Supreme Court

Apex court asks Centre, Fadnavis to show letter of Governor inviting BJP to form govt and letter of staking claim to form govt

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Sunday asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to produce two letters before the court by Monday morning showing proof of the Governor

of Maharashtra inviting the BJP to form the government and another letter showing Fadnavis staking claim to form the government.

The Apex court was hearing an urgent petition filed by the NCP-Shiv Sena-Congress alliance following Devendra Fadnavis' surprise swearing-in as chief minister of Maharashtra on Saturday morning.

The newly formed alliance moved the Supreme Court seeking to quash the Governor's decision to swear in Fadnavis as chief minister and hold an immediate floor test.

The Supreme Court bench of Justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna also issued notices to Fadnavis and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.

The court has further said that it will pronounce its verdict on the petition on Monday morning at 10:30 am and till then Devendra Fadnavis and the BJP has some time to gather enough support.

The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Maharashtra government and the Centre on Sena-NCP-Congress petition seeking a composite floor test to prove majority in the 288-member Assembly.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena, NCP and the Congress told the Supreme Court that they have majority in the Assembly and Fadnavis does not have the required numbers to prove majority in the House that needs 145 as the majority mark.

"If Devendra Fadnavis has numbers to prove majority, let him prove it on floor of House, else we have numbers to form government in Maharashtra," senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the combine, submitted before the bench.

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