The Supreme Court bench has started hearing the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress plea on Monday.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta has commenced his arguments and raised objections to a potential judicial review of the Governor's decision. After mentioning the timeline of events, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta handed over original letter of governor inviting Fadnavis to form government to an SC bench of Justices NV Ramana, Ashok Bhushan, and Sanjiv Khanna. Supporting Governor’s decision, Tushar Mehta argued that after being assured that no party was in position to form government in Maharashtra, governor recommended President's rule in State. Solicitor General has referred to letter of Maharashtra deputy CM Ajit Pawar, saying it had the endorsement of all 54 NCP MLAs.
Governor had the subjective satisfaction of BJP NCP coalition enjoying majority in the House with support of 160 MLAs and hence, invited Fadnavis to take oath, says SG Tushar Mehta.
Mukul Rohatgi is representing Devendra Fadnavis in the top court. Ajit Pawar is being separately represented by Senior Advocate and former ASG Maninder Singh.