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India Court Seeks Documents on Maharashtra Government Formation

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters celebrate with posters of Narendra Modi and Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai on Nov. 23. 

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters celebrate with posters of Narendra Modi and Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai on Nov. 23. 

Photographer: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP via Getty Images

India’s Supreme Court asked for documents to show how an alliance in a western state was formed to create a government, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party unexpectedly tied up with a rival to take control of Maharashtra.

A panel of judges led by N.V. Ramana demanded that the federal government submit the papers by Monday morning, when hearing pleas for a vote on the floor of the state assembly would resume. The court said it would make a decision after studying the documents.