Karnataka crisis: Supreme Court orders status quo till Tuesday on rebel MLAs' resignations

WION Web Team Delhi Jul 12, 2019, 01.03 PM(IST)

Karnataka Speaker Photograph:( ANI )

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The observation came after Speaker K R Ramesh submitted his report to the top court today after meeting ten rebel MLAs.

The Supreme Court on Friday asked Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh to not to decide on the resignations or disqualifications of the MLAs till Tuesday.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that it will consider the issue on Tuesday.

The observation came after Speaker K R Ramesh submitted his report to the top court today after meeting ten rebel MLAs.

Mukul Rohatgi, rebel MLAs' counsel, submitted to the Supreme Court that the Speaker is answerable to this court, except under certain circumstances. He argued that Speaker had no immunity with regard to the acceptance of resignations.

Meanwhile, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, making submissions for Speaker, said that the Speaker needs to ensure that resignations are voluntary and genuine.

"These MLAs' intention in giving resignation is something different, and it is to avoid disqualification," he said.

MLAs had met Kumar on Thursday evening after they were directed by the Supreme Court to meet the Speaker and resubmit their resignations in person. Following the meeting with the MLAs, the Speaker had said that he will consider "to his satisfaction" whether the resignations were genuine and voluntary before taking a decision.

Ten Congress and JD(S) MLAs had earlier moved the Supreme Court, seeking a direction to the Speaker to accept their resignation and not proceed with the applications for their disqualification from the House.

Following which Speaker K R Ramesh had urged the apex court to recall its order which asked him to take a decision on the resignation of MLAs during the course of the day i.e. July 11.

The Speaker had submitted that the rebel MLAs who have approached the apex court have cast aspersions questioning his integrity which are completely false and frivolous.

The 13-month-old Congress-JDS government had earlier this month slumped into crisis following the resignation of 10 MLAs.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka Assembly session began today. Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said he is prepared for the floor test and sought time for the same. "After all these developments, I am seeking your permission & time to prove the majority in this session," he told the Speaker.

(With inputs from agencies)