Karnataka Live: SC says Speaker free to decide on resignations, Can’t compel MLAs to vote

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the Speaker has the liberty
to take a decision on resignations of the rebel MLAs and as the trust vote will take place on Thursday, MLAs can’t be compelled to attend the Karnataka Assembly.

Karnataka Congress has tweeted in Kannada, “Operation lotus will fail. Truth alone triumphs.”

Supreme court verdict states:
1 Rebel MLAs cannot be compelled to participate in the trust vote tomorrow
2 Speaker given libert
y to decide on resignation of rebel MLAs, can take more time
3 This is an interim order and the matter could be taken up in detail at a later stage

Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the rebel MLAs, has said: The three-line whip issued against them (rebel MLAs) to attend the House tomorrow is not operative in view of the SC’s judgement.

Secondly, the Speaker has been given time to decide on the resignations as and when he wants to decide. “the Karnataka Speaker cannot be forced to take a decision within a time frame.”

The Supreme Court has said that the matter will be fully threshed out at a later date. The rebel MLAs are free to decide whether they are want to attend the House.

Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy has to prove his majority on Thursday at 11.30.

The rebel MLAs has sought a direction for Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar to accept their resignations

The entire political conspiracy points to the threatening and luring of rebel MlAs by BJP as claimed by the Congress.

While the counsel for rebel MLAs have urged the court to continue with its interim order directing the Speaker to maintain status quo on the issue of resignations and disqualification of the MLAs while adding that an interim order be issued to exempt these MLAs from appearing in Assembly on the basis of the whip.

Counsel appearing for Kumaraswamy told the top court that it had no jurisdiction to pass the two interim orders – asking the Speaker to decide and, later, to maintain the status quo on the resignations and disqualification of the rebel MLAs.

Further Abhishek Manu Singhvi arguing for Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar contended that disqualification petitions of MLAs are prior to their resignations. Singhvi argued that for a valid resignation, the MLAs should have submitted their resignations letter personally – which only happened on July 11 – and till then the disqualification petitions had already been filed.

Karnataka crisis live updates

: Speaker Ramesh Kumar has asked two rebel MLAs to meet him to discuss resignations. MTB Nagaraj has been asked to meet the speaker at 3 pm, while Sudhakar has been asked to come at 4 pm. Till now no rebel MLA has met the speaker in the given time.

In the 225-member assembly, including the nominated member, the BJP has 107 MLAs and the coalition’s strength will be reduced to 101, if the resignations are accepted.

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