Decision on rebel MLAs today Ktaka Speaker to SC

first_imgNew Delhi: Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar urged the Supreme Court Tuesday to modify its earlier order directing him to maintain status quo in the ongoing political crisis in the state even as the rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs accused him of acting in a partisan manner by not deciding on their resignations.Senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for the speaker, told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that he would decide on both disqualification and resignation of the rebel MLAs by Wednesday but the court should modify its earlier order asking him to maintain status quo. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy told the Supreme Court Tuesday that it had no jurisdiction to pass the two interim orders asking the Assembly Speaker to decide and, later, maintain the status quo on the resignations and disqualification of the rebel MLAs. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for Kumaraswamy, told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that the Speaker cannot be compelled to decide this issue in a time bound manner. Senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, appearing for the rebel MLAs, told the apex court that the speaker can be directed to decide on the resignation of these MLAs by Tuesday itself and he can later take a call on the disqualification proceedings. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penaltyRohatgi argued that the speaker cannot keep the resignation of these MLAs pending and by doing so he is acting in a partisan manner. Countering his submissions, Singhvi told the bench, also having Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose, that nobody is saying the Speakers are not fallible but they cannot be asked to decide the matter in a time-bound manner. “How can the speaker be directed to decide in a particular manner?” Singhvi asked the court. He also said that a valid resignation should be submitted to the Speaker personally and the MLAs appeared before him only on July 11, five days after they submitted their resignations to his office. The rebel MLAs told the court that the Speaker kept their resignation pending just to disqualify them and there was nothing wrong in resigning to escape disqualification. The top court had on Friday restrained the Speaker from taking any decision till July 16 on the resignation and disqualification of the rebel MLAs. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will pronounce its order Wednesday morning on the pleas of 15 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs seeking direction for Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar to accept their resignations from the Assembly. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi concluded the hearings of the rebel MLAs, the Speaker and Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy.last_img

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