Rebels seek contempt notice against Speaker; Will decide on disqualification of 10 MLAs first, Speaker tells SC

Political News, Nation, (New Delhi), July 12:-The Supreme Court on Friday has begun hearing the Karnataka political row.

Appearing for the 10 rebel MLAs, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi said that the resignation letters are one-liners and yet the speaker needs a whole night to study it. He said that if the speaker needs time till Monday, he should be given, but meanwhile the MLAs should not be disqualified.

Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar said, “I am answerable to the Constitution of India and people of Karnataka. As per the Constitution, if I am satisfied, then the resignations will be accepted”. He added that he will communicate to the Supreme Court on Friday that he has acted upon the matter as per the law and in compliance with its order issued yesterday.

A fresh plea was moved in Supreme Court earlier today with 400 Congress workers seeking to be heard. The party members say that resignation of MLAs is “tantamount to defection”, and hence demand their disqualification. The matter has been mentioned before the Chief Justice.

Lawyer appearing for many Congress workers today, before the Supreme Court mentioned and sought a hearing in Karnataka political crisis case. Chief Jutice Ranjan Gogoi, heading the three judge-bench, asked the representative to remain present when the same matter would be taken up for hearing today.

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asks if the Speaker has decided on the resignation or not. Mukul Rohatgi, the counsel for the rebel MLAs replies “No he hasn’t”. He says, “The idea is to keep the resignation pending so that they remain MLAs and they are finally disqualified.” Rohatgi adds that the court may give speaker time till Monday. But there shouldn’t be any disqualification proceedings.

Ahead of his meeting yesterday with the disgruntled Congress and JD(S) MLAs, Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar said the legislators approaching the Supreme Court made things appear “murky.” The Congress and JD(S) MLAs, who had resigned from the Assembly met the Speaker at 6 pm, in accordance with the Apex court. The speaker also said, “I had not prevented them (disgruntled MLAs) from coming (to my office). I don’t know why they moved the Supreme Court to meet me,” Kumar told reporters outside the Vidhana Soudha here.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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