The Supreme Court annulled the one-year suspension of 12 BJP MLAs from the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on Friday, calling it “unconstitutional and arbitrary.”
While annulling the suspension, the Supreme Court called the decision “unconstitutional and arbitrary,” and stated that the Maharashtra assembly resolution of July 5, 2021, was “illegal” and “outside the authority of the Assembly.”
“The resolution suspending 12 BJP MLAs from the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for the duration of the term held in July 2021 is illegal,” the Supreme Court ruled in its judgement.
It should be mentioned that the BJP legislators were suspended for a year for allegedly misbehaving with the presiding officer. The BJP MLAs eventually appealed their suspension before the Supreme Court. Sanjay Kute, Ashish Shelar, Abhimanyu Pawar, Girish Mahajan, Atul Bhatkalkar, Parag Alavni, Harish Pimpale, Ram Satpute, Vijay Kumar Rawal, Yogesh Sagar, Narayan Kuche, and Kirtikumar Bangdia were among the 12 suspended BJP MLAs.
The Supreme Court reserved its decision in the case last week after the 12 MLAs filed a petition with the court appealing their suspension from the Assembly for alleged disorderly behaviour.
Senior counsel Mahesh Jethmalani, who appeared for some of the other petitioners, also stated that the suspension should have been intended to discipline.
During the arguments, the Supreme Court panel of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari, and CT Ravikumar said that the suspension of the 12 MLAs was illegal.
Following the Supreme Court’s decision, BJP MLAs would be entitled to all subsequent benefits following the session’s closure in July of last year.