PANAJI: On Monday, soon after a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) S A Bobde adjourned Congress’ plea for an early hearing into the disqualification petition filed against 10 rebel MLAs who joined BJP, party’s Goa in-charge Dinesh Gundu Rao alleged that it appeared that the SC was backing defections engineered by BJP.
A bench comprising CJI Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian heard the matter and posted the next hearing for February. “By the time the judges decide to hear and dispose of the disqualification petition, it will be infructuous as elections in Goa will be in a year. The CJI seems to have his priorities set. Looks like defections by BJP has the backing of the SC,” Rao alleged in a tweet.
Congress state president Girish Chodankar had appealed to the SC that a disqualification petition pending with the Goa speaker Rajesh Patnekar should be taken up for hearing. He had also said that despite express orders from the apex court on August 11, 2020 that the plea should be listed after two weeks, it was not being listed by the SC registry.