SC to pass orders on Karnataka rebel MLAs case tomorrow at 10:30 am

The Supreme Court would pass orders on the Karnataka rebel MLAs case tomorrow at 10:30 am.

On Tuesday, the top court held a hearing of the 15 lawmakers from Congress-Janata Dal Secular coalition who submitted their resignations to the speaker. The Supreme Court bench was headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi.

Former Attorney general Mukul Rohatgi led the arguments for the disgruntled 15 lawmakers. He said that the “speaker has no mandate under constitution” to find out why the lawmakers have resigned. He pleaded that the court should fix a time frame for the speaker to decide on the resignations.

Representing the Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar,  Abhishek Manu Singhvi reminded the court that disqualification proceedings pre-dated the resignations, therefore “resignation cannot be an escape route to avoid disqualification.” He added that disqualifications and resignations should be looked upon holistically.

While, Dr. Rajeev Dhawan who represented the Karnataka Chief Minister said that “the speaker has to take notice of the fact that 15 MLAs are hunting in pack.” Adding that they want to destabilize the government before the budget session. Mr. Dhawan questioned the lawmakers for shifting to Mumbai instead of meeting with speaker, if they were really keen on resigning.

Earlier on the 12th of July, the apex court heard the plea of the rebel lawmakers and asked the speaker to maintain status quo on the issue.