New Delhi, July 11: The Supreme Court has directed the rebel MLAs to meet Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar today at 6 pm and tender their resignation to him again. The apex court has also granted police protection to them.
A bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi also ordered that the speaker would have to call on the resignations by the end of day and place his decision on the letters before the bench tomorrow morning.
The Court also ordered the DGP of Karnataka to provide protection to all the rebel MLAs and adjourned the hearing for tomorrow.
The 13-month old Congress-JD(S) government is on the verge of collapse after 10 MLAs resigned from the membership of the state Assembly last week. Total 16 legislators of the ruling Congress-JDS coalition have resigned from the assembly, lowering the strength of the 224-member assembly and the majority mark.
The dissident MLAs had filed a petition alleging that the Karnataka Assembly Speaker was not accepting their resignations deliberately.
Congress leader and Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar was deported from Mumbai on Wednesday and called it a dark day for the Indian democracy and blamed the BJP government of using police to stop him from meeting Congress and JD(S) MLAs.
He further said that such intimidation tactics will not deter him from continuing to fight to uphold democracy in India.
The BJP is hoping Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala would direct Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to take the floor test in the Assembly on Friday to prove if the Congress-JD(S) coalition has a majority after the resignation of 16 legislators.