Karnataka crisis: SC tells Speaker not to take any decision till Tuesday

Satya Prakash
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 12

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered status quo on the Karnataka issue, asking Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar not to take any decision on either the resignations of rebel MLAs or the disqualification proceedings initiated against them till Tuesday.

Further hearing will take place on Tuesday.

Earlier, the Supreme Court asked whether the Speaker had the power to challenge its order, while hearing a plea moved by Karnataka Assembly Speaker against the top court order asking him to take a decision on the resignation of 10 rebel MLAs on Thursday.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi is hearing a bunch of pleas moved by the Speaker and the rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs.

The MLAs told the bench on Friday that the Speaker had not taken any decision on their move to step down, adding that he had no immunity with regard to the acceptance of the resignations.

However, the counsel appearing for the Karnataka Assembly Speaker said he was constitutionally obligated to decide on a plea for disqualification of the rebel MLAs. With PTI

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