The Supreme Court on Monday declined to pass an interim order on the Maharashtra government counsel's submission that there should not be any floor test in the Assembly till July 11.
The apex court has extended, till July 12, the time granted to the 16 dissident MLAs to submit their response to the disqualification notices.
A bench of Justices Surya Kant and J.B. Pardiwala said it cannot pass an order, which would create unnecessary complications.
It told senior advocate Devdutt Kamat, representing the Maharashtra government, that if anything illegal happens, then he can always come back to the top court.
The bench asked the Maharashtra government to ensure the protection of rebel MLAs and their families. The state government undertook that it would take immediate and adequate measures to protect the lives, liberty, and properties of 39 rebel MLAs and their family members.
The top court has scheduled the matter for further hearing on July 11.