The Supreme Court has upheld Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde's right to remain in his post despite benefiting from an illegal decision by the governor. The ruling is seen as a blow to Uddhav Thackeray, who was challenged by Shinde and other Shiv Sena members in a political power struggle last year. The verdict means Shinde can stay in office after a year of uncertainty, and the ongoing tension between the Shiv Sena and its former ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party, will likely continue. The Indian Supreme Court has ruled that it cannot disqualify Maharashtra politician Mr Shinde and 15 other MLAs who rebelled against the then Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray, in June 2020. The power to disqualify rests with the speaker until a larger panel of judges decides on it.