Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal against the seizure of Sena’s assets and bank accounts.

Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to hear on Wednesday the petition of former Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray against the seizure of Shiv Sena’s properties and bank accounts following the Election Commission of India’s (ECI) decision to award the party’s name and bow-and-arrow symbol to the rival faction led by Eknath Shinde.

Prominent attorney Kapil Sibal, who represented Thackeray, requested a stay of the ECI’s decision. The Shinde camp rejected the petition, arguing that the Supreme Court should not hear the case first, notwithstanding Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud’s announcement that it will be heard on Wednesday at 3:45 p.m.

A constitution panel will continue considering an older batch of petitions pertaining to the Shiv Sena’s split in a separate proceeding.

On Monday, Thackeray petitioned the Supreme Court to dispute the ECI judgement, as Shinde’s group assumed control of the Shiv Sena office in the state legislature.

Monday, Thackeray stated in his appeal to the highest court that ECI failed to function as an impartial arbitrator in the disagreement between the two camps. He said that ECI’s order dealt with problems closely related to a group of petitions being heard by the Supreme Court.

The petition was suggested for early listing on Monday, but the court declined to issue an order.

Monday in Mumbai, Thackeray slammed Shinde’s ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and stated that he had received calls from political leaders around the country following the ECI’s ruling last week.

“I have had everything taken from me. The name and symbol of our party have been stolen, but not my name,” Thackeray stated in Mumbai.

The Shinde camp legislators assumed control of the party office in the parliament on Monday morning, citing an ECI order. Prior to Friday, the premises belonged to the Thackeray faction.

Last Friday, ECI declared that Shinde’s group will assume the name and symbol of the original party. It was the culmination of an eight-month fight between Thackeray and Shinde over control of the party, which split last year when Shinde and 39 other legislators joined the BJP to form the administration.

Thackeray criticised ECI and stated he will fight it at the highest court. Shinde referred to it as a democratic victory. The two leaders will compete in two crucial assembly byelections this month and the municipal elections in Mumbai later this year.

Thackeray stated that the ECI’s decision was erroneous and that the supreme court was the last hope.

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