The Bombay High Court has refused to take up urgent hearing on a petition filed by a group of lawyers seeking a stay on the swearing-in of Uddhav Thackeray as chief minister of Maharashtra on Thursday evening.
The petitioners sought an urgent hearing of their plea, saying the Shiv Sena and BJP should have stood by their pre-poll alliance and formed government. However, two different benches of the high court refused to take up the petition for hearing.
A division bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Bharati Dangre asked what was “unconstitutional and void” about the swearing-in ceremony of Thackeray.
The petitioner’s lawyer, Mathew Nedumpara, said there has been a breach of trust of the voters, who wanted the Sena and BJP to form government. To this, Chief Justice Nandrajog said, “Is the concept of divorce not new to the law of marriages.”
Earlier, another division bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and R I Chagla also refused to take up the petition for urgent hearing, saying the bench does not have the time