Impasse: SC orders status quo in K'taka till Tuesday

Impasse: SC orders status quo in Ktaka till Tuesday

New Delhi, With the future of the HD Kumaraswamy dispensation in India's software capital hanging by a thread, the Supreme Court on Friday ordered that the status quo be maintained till the next hearing on Tuesday, on the fate of 10 rebel MLAs from Karnataka. A bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said in its order that it will hear and decide the matter again on Tuesday. "Weighty issues arise in the matter. Status quo to be maintained till the next hearing," it ruled. Senior counsel, Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the ten rebel MLAs, submitted that the law was clear on the entire issue and the state Assembly Speaker is answerable to this court, except under certain circumstances. Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi, counsel for Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar, contended that the intention of the 10 lawmakers in giving resignation is something different, ans it is to avoid disqualification. He stated that this court should pass appropriate orders very cautiously in view of the sensitivity and and gravity of the case. Political thicket Dr Rajeev Dhawan, appearing for CM Kumaraswamy, objected to the submissions of the rebel MLAs that the Speaker had acted in a mala fide manner. He pointed out that it was an extraordinary situation in which this court was asked to issue directions to the Speaker and enter the political thicket.

The Speaker was doing his constitutional work, Dr Dhawan argued, asserting that it is an overtly political petition. Dr Singhvi, pointed out,during the course of the hearing, that all the 10 rebel MLAs has submitted their fresh letter of resignation on Thursday. Last night, the ten rebel MLAs, belonging to the ruling Indian National Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition, met the Speaker and submitted their resignations again. Amid fast-paced developments,the apex court had directed the rebel legislators to appear before the Speaker by Thursday evening and confirm their resignations, which, if accepted, would have reduced the Kumaraswamy government to a minority in the high-tech hub. It had also directed the Speaker to take a call on resignations by Thursday night. Mr Kumaraswamy, meanwhile, sought time with the Speaker to move a trust vote. The Chief Minister, on the opening day of the 11-day Legislature Session on Friday, before the Speaker took up Obituary motion, informed the Chair that there was a question over the existence of his government amid threat by 'rebel' legislators and he would seek a date to prove his majority.'I am seeking your permission and time to prove the majority in this session. Please fix a date when I can prove my majority.' The Bharatiya Janata Party, which urged the Chief Minister to quit his post immediately, was conferring on its future course of action.impasse: SC orders status quo in K'taka till TuesdayImpasse: SC orders status quo in K'taka till TuesdayNew Delhi, Jul 12 (UNI) With the future of the HD Kumaraswamy dispensation in India's software capital hanging by a thread, the Supreme Court on Friday ordered that the status quo be maintained till the next hearing on Tuesday, on the fate of 10 rebel MLAs from Karnataka. A bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said in its order that it will hear and decide the matter again on Tuesday."Weighty issues arise in the matter. Status quo to be maintained till the next hearing," it ruled.Senior counsel, Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the ten rebel MLAs, submitted that the law was clear on the entire issue and the state Assembly Speaker is answerable to this court, except under certain circumstances.Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi, counsel for Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar, contended that the intention of the 10 lawmakers in giving resignation is something different, ans it is to avoid disqualification.He stated that this court should pass appropriate orders very cautiously in view of the sensitivity and and gravity of the case.

Political thicketDr Rajeev Dhawan, appearing for CM Kumaraswamy, objected to the submissions of the rebel MLAs that the Speaker had acted in a mala fide manner.He pointed out that it was an extraordinary situation in which this court was asked to issue directions to the Speaker and enter the political thicket.The Speaker was doing his constitutional work, Dr Dhawan argued, asserting that it is an overtly political petition.Dr Singhvi, pointed out,during the course of the hearing, that all the 10 rebel MLAs has submitted their fresh letter of resignation on Thursday.Last night, the ten rebel MLAs, belonging to the ruling Indian National Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition, met the Speaker and submitted their resignations again.Amid fast-paced developments,the apex court had directed the rebel legislators to appear before the Speaker by Thursday evening and confirm their resignations, which, if accepted, would have reduced the Kumaraswamy government to a minority in the high-tech hub.It had also directed the Speaker to take a call on resignations by Thursday night.Mr Kumaraswamy, meanwhile, sought time with the Speaker to move a trust vote.The Chief Minister, on the opening day of the 11-day Legislature Session on Friday, before the Speaker took up Obituary motion, informed the Chair that there was a question over the existence of his government amid threat by ‘rebel’ legislators and he would seek a date to prove his majority.'I am seeking your permission and time to prove the majority in this session. Please fix a date when I can prove my majority.' The Bharatiya Janata Party, which urged the Chief Minister to quit his post immediately, was conferring on its future course of action.

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