Rajasthan HC dismisses state government's plea to extend time limit for holding polls for six civic bodies
The bench dismissed the petition holding that when panchayat elections could be held smoothly, then there should be no escape in holding elections of municipal corporations.
The court told Shourie to appear before it and furnish a personal bond and surety on October 15, the next date of hearing in the case.
The petition by former Union disinvestment minister Arun Shourie in the same case has been listed for hearing on Wednesday.
The cases have been registered against former Union minister Arun Shourie, ex-bureaucrat Pradeep Baijal, MD of Bharat Hotels Jyotsana Suri and two others.
Madan Dilawar had challenged the merger of six MLAs--Sandeep Yadav, Wajib Ali, Deepchand Kheria, Lakhan Meena, Jogendra Awana and Rajendra Gudha--with the Congress.
After hearing the arguments, the single-judge bench of Justice Mahendra Kumar Goyal started dictating its decision on Friday but could not complete it due to the paucity of time.
The clip shows Rajeev Dhavan holding a sheaf of papers in front of his face and some smoke escaping from the side.
After hearing arguments, the single judge bench posted the matter for hearing on Friday as half day was observed in the court on Thursday.
The merger, which helped the Congress retain majority in the state assembly, was challenged by BJP MLA Madan Dilawar.
The complaint had named Shekhawat and others as the alleged accused in the scam and sought further investigation by the SOG into their role.
Sharma, who belongs to the rebel Congress camp led by former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, had moved the high court on July 28, challenging the FIR against him.
Justice Goyal, however, had not accepted the petitioners' plea to grant interim relief and put a stay on the six BSP MLAs' participation In the proceeding of the House as Congress legislators.
The court's order came after BJP's Madan Dilawar had filed a complaint before Speaker CP Joshi in March this year against the merger, which the latter rejected on July 24.
The meeting was called after Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra gave his consent to a proposal by the Ashok Gehlot Cabinet to call an assembly session from August 14.
The Six BSP MLAs whose merger has been challenged by the BJP MLA, as well as the BSP, are Sandeep Yadav, Wajib Ali, Deepchand Kheria, Lakhan Meena, Jogendra Awana and Rajendra Gudha.