Hearing the plea filed by the 15  rebel congress- JD(S) MLAs over the issue of their resignation vis-a-vis disqualification,  the Supreme Court on Tuesday made it clear that the apex court can’t interfere in the affairs of the Karnataka Speakers’ office. Hearing the plea filed by the MLAs CJI Ranjan Gogoi said the independence of the Speaker’s office is vital. The Speaker enjoys absolute freedom to club the two aspects (resignation and disqualification), Gogoi added.

The apex court heard the plea filed by MLAs Anand Singh, K Sudhakar, N Nagaraj, Munirathna and Roshan Baig on why Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar is not accepting their resignations.

The five MLAs had mentioned their application before a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta Monday seeking impleadment against the Speaker. The court had earlier ordered that the speaker would not take any decision till Tuesday on the resignations and disqualifications of rebel MLAs.

Meanwhile, the political crisis in Karnataka has been made bad to worse as current chief minister HD Kumaraswamy may lose the trust vote in the assembly. The Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar has fixed July 18 date for the confidence motion at 11 am. The BJP has said CM HD Kumaraswamy should resign as make way for another party to form the government in the state. The alliance government-led by Congress-JD(S) may face a shortage of MLAs to prove their majority in the house.

Congress-JD(S) has been trying to convince their MLAs by offering them ministries in the government. Congress ministers had also resigned from their posts to pave the way for the new ministers but the deal may not set for the rebel MLAs as they are adamant on their resignations.

On Sunday, Congress leader DK Shivakumar met MTB Nagaraj and claimed that the leader has joined the Congress party back. Later, in the afternoon, Nagaraj took u-turn after taking a special flight to Mumbai. He had said that he will not join the Congress back.

Here all the LIVE updates: 

  • CM HD Kumaraswamy says rebel MLAs want to destabilise the government, they went to the hotel together. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan says the Speaker can’t be compelled to the decide the resignation issue in a time-bound manner. 
  • Rajeev Dhavan will argue on CM HD Kumaraswamy’s behalf. The apex court will now hear the argument on the Kumaraswamy. Meanwhile, SIT has released Congress MLA Roshan Baig after questioning in ponzi scam case.

  • Rebels MLAs’ plea: Bench assembles, hearing resumes in Supreme Court. Singhvi said this court will have to decide on the weighty argument. The Speaker should accept the resignation of MLAs. The Court should notify him in this regard.
  • Congress MLAs arrive at a resort ahead of the trust vote in Bengaluru. The Speaker has fixed July 18 as the trust vote for the state government headed by HD Kumaraswamy. The Congress leaders are also trying to woo other rebel leaders to vote for in favour of the government. 

  • The Speaker has sought time till tomorrow to take a decision on both the resignation and disqualification of rebel MLAs. The Court has suspended for lunch. The argument to continue after lunch. Hearing to resume at 2 pm.

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara along with Congress MLAs leaves from Taj Yeshwantpur. CJI Ranjan Gogoi questioned why didn’t the Speaker decide on the disqualification when the MLAs appeared before him post court direction?

  • Rajan Gogoi said the SC can’t interfere in the independence of Speaker Kr Ramesh Kumar’s decision. 
  • The MLAs counsel said that the Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar is delaying the resignations to coerce them to continue. Abhishek Manu Singhvi is representing Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar.

  • Rajan Gogoi questioned counsel Mukul Rohatgi the reason behind mass resignations in the Karnataka Assembly. Mukul Rohatgi said there is no clear case for disqualification, however, disobedience could be the possible reason. He also said the rebel MLAs should get a chance to resign if they want but resignations shouldn’t be mixed with disqualification. 

  • MLAs counsel says nobody can force the legislators to resign; Mukul Rohatgi said MLAs were not forced to tender their resignations, there is no evidence on it.

  • On being questioned about the date of resignation of the Congress-JD(S) MLAs in Karnataka, senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi told the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi that the rebel MLAs tendered their resignations on July 6, 2019.
  • Counsel for rebel MLAs Mukul Rohatgi tells Supreme Court that disqualification petition should not come in the way of resignation as these are two different things.
  • Hearing in the matter of rebel Karnataka MLAs begins in the Supreme Court.

Roshan Baig’s advocate has filed a petition in High Court questioning the detention of his client in connection with IMA case.

  • Congress leader Roshan Baig, who was detained last night by SIT probing the IMA case, is currently being questioned at CID Headquarters at Carlton House.

  • SIT probing the IMA case detained Roshan Baig for questioning at Bengaluru Airport International airport, last night. Roshan Baig was detained on Monday night before he was taking a special flight to Mumbai.

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