No proceedings will be initiated against former Deputy CM Sachin Pilot and the 18 Congress MLAs till July 21, a bench of the Rajasthan High Court said on Friday.
Senior advocates Harish Salve and Mukul Rohatgi argued on behalf of Tonk MLA Sachin Pilot and the 18 others who have been served notices for failing to attend Congress Legislative Party meetings earlier this month.
Abhishek Manu Singhvi, counsel for Rajasthan Assembly speaker CP Joshi will be presenting his arguments before the court on July 20.
The Rajasthan HC bench of Chief Justice Indrajit Mohanti and Justice Prakash Gupta has also directed state Assembly speaker CP Joshi not to initiate any actions against the erring MLAs till July 21.
Special Operations Group (SOG) of Rajasthan Police on Friday registered an FIR on the basis of a complaint submitted by Congress whip in the Rajasthan Assembly, Mahesh Joshi. In his complaint, Joshi has cited audio tapes of telephone conversations which he claims point to a conspiracy to topple the government of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
Meanwhile, the Congress continues to maintain that its doors are always open for Sachin Pilot and the MLAs who favoured him over CM Gehlot. Union Minister and BJP leader Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, on the other hand, has denied allegations that he conspired with Pilot to topple the Congress government in Rajasthan.