Supreme Court sets deadline for Karnataka Speaker to decide on rebel MLAs

The 10 rebel lawmakers who approached the Supreme Court alleging that the Speaker hadn’t accepted their resignations were ordered to meet the Speaker by Thursday evening.

The court has ordered police protection for them and asked the Speaker to take a decision today, which has to be conveyed to the court.

The lawmakers flew from Bengaluru to Mumbai after submitting their resignations on Saturday, have alleged that the Speaker is deliberately sitting on their letters to help the Congress-JDS government.

Representing the lawmakers, former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said the Speaker “has made himself scarce, he is not doing what he is supposed to do.”

The Karnataka coalition, which came to power 13 months ago saw a series of resignations since last week putting the government in danger. The Speaker has not accepted any of the letters, citing rules and procedures.

On Wednesday, senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar flew to Mumbai to meet with rebel MLAs was blocked from entering the 5 star hotel by the Mumbai police.