New Delhi, May 17: Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani on Thursday moved the Supreme Court in his personal capacity against Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision of inviting BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa to form a government in the state despite being eight short of a simple majority in the assembly.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud asked Jethmalani to mention his petition on May 18 before the bench concerned.
Jethmalani, who had taken retirement from the legal practice, told the bench that the Karnataka Governor’s order is a “gross abuse of Constitutional power”, news agency IANS reported.
Speaking on Karnataka government formation, he told ANI that “What has BJP said to Guv, that he did such a stupid action? Order of Guv is open invitation to do corruption.’ Jethmalani has approached SC against Karnataka Guv’s invitation to Yeddyurappa for forming govt”.
#WATCH Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani speaks on Karnataka politics, says, 'What has BJP said to Guv, that he did such a stupid action? Order of Guv is open invitation to do corruption.' Jethmalani has approached SC against Karnataka Guv's invitation to Yeddyurappa for forming govt. pic.twitter.com/uLa0oXcPQZ
— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
The apex court early on Thursday after a midnight hearing refused to stop the swearing-in of Yeddyurappa as Karnataka’s new Chief Minister.
Yeddyurappa took the oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on Thursday at the Raj Bhavan amid tight security.
The apex court, however, sought the communications which Yeddyurappa had written to Karnataka Governor informing him his election as BJP legislature party.
“The swearing-in is subject to the final outcome of the matter before it”, the court stated.
The bench headed by Justice A.K. Sikri, while seeking Yeddyurappa’s response on the plea filed by Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) seeking to stall his swearing-in, has directed further hearing of the matter at 10.30 a.m. on Friday.