The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear on August 1 a fresh plea by the Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray faction against the Election Commission’s proceedings on a petition by the group led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde for recognition as the real Shiv Sena.
A bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli was urged by senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Uddhav Thackeray faction, that the ongoing proceedings before the poll panel needed to be stayed as it would impact the hearing here in the case.
The top court said it would tag the fresh plea and hear it together with pending ones on August 1.
Recently, the poll panel asked the rival factions of the Shiv Sena led by Thackeray and Shinde to submit documents by August 8 in support of their claims on the election symbol -- bow and arrow -- of the political outfit.
The poll panel sources had said the two sides have been asked to submit documents, including letters of support from the legislative and organisational wings of the party and the written statements of rival factions.