‘Dangerous For Democracy’: SC Rebuts Maharashtra On Suspension Of BJP Mlas

The Maharashtra legislature was brought up by the Supreme Court on Tuesday for suspending 12 Bharatiya Janata party MLAs for a year in July 2021, stating the move might be detrimental to democracy and looked to be illegal.

Constitutional and essential rights regulate the House of Commons. If a legislated responsibility exists to fill a vacant position within 6 months, anything further is inconsistent with the constitution, a three-judge bench led by Justice AM Khanwilkar stated in early findings during a proceeding into a slew of petitions filed by the 12 Member of the Legislative Assembly's challenging the assembly resolution suspending them from the House for a year on the 5th of July, 2021.

The members of the Legislative Assembly's were charged with misbehaving in the House and shouting foul language at Bhaskar Jadhav, who is the presiding officer.

Even though they embrace the premise that the House has the right to suspend, the panel said that you can establish a legislative gap or hiatus when a constituency stays unrepresented over a year. When a person is dismissed, a vacancy occurs that could be refilled within half a year. This is much worse than ejection because there is no recourse for the constituents. Every constituency has equal representational authority.

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The comments came after members of the Legislative Assembly's Mukul Rohatgi, Sidharth Bhatnagar, and Mahesh Jethmalani, who were supported by prominent lawyers Mahesh Jethmalani, Mukul Rohatgi, and Sidharth Bhatnagar, made their arguments.

According to Jethmalani, fundamental justice standards were not observed because the Member of the Legislative Assembly's were not heard before the resolution was passed. According to Rohatgi, the only way to penalize a disruptive behaviour by a member of the House is to restrict the lawmaker for up to Sixty days or to eject the lawmaker, in which case the seat must be refilled by a new election.

Nevertheless, according to Bhatnagar, a seat could be deemed vacant for a period of Sixty days owing to a member's nonappearance without authorization under Article 190(4) of the Law. Having a member detained for longer than this harms democracy, according to Bhatnagar.

Senior attorney CA Sundaram, representing the Maharashtra administration, informed the court that the authority to terminate was complete and that the state assembly's action can not be faulted. He went on to say that the Speaker and members had witnessed the disorderly behaviour and that it was within their power to enact the 5th July resolution. In the hearings, the speaker was not addressed.

Sundaram's reasoning, the bench said, is hazardous to democracy. Absolute power is not synonymous with uncontrolled power. Who knows, perhaps this will serve as a model for future experiments. It's 12 degrees today, but it may be 120 degrees tomorrow. Isn't it undermining the Constitution's fundamental structure?

The court stated that these are only preliminary considerations and will not determine the final result. It allowed the state administration time to draft a response to the Court's inquiries and scheduled a hearing for next Tuesday.