The term of office of the eight sitting members of the Maharashtra Legislative Council from seven local authorities' constituencies is going to expire on January 1 next year.
The governor ought to have accepted the nomination irrespective of any political issues or issues he may or may not have with the chief minister, the counsel told HC.
A bench of Justices SJ Kathawalla and SP Tavade directed the government to file its reply within two weeks explaining the reasons for the delay despite the 12 names having been submitted.
The Opposition MLCs started raising slogans and stormed into the Well of the council demanding reservation for the Dhangar community.
The election is held as three members of the NCP, two of the BJP, and one of the Congress, are retiring from the Upper House of the state legislature on June 21.