SC gives free hand to Karnataka speaker to decide on rebel MLAs’ resignation1 min read . Updated: 17 Jul 2019, 11:50 AM IST
- The court also said the 15 MLAs should not be compelled to participate in the trust vote to be held on 18 June
- 15 rebel Congress-JD(S) legislators had moved the Supreme Court with pleas that alleged that the speaker was not accepting their resignations deliberately
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed Karnataka assembly speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar to take a decision on the resignation of the rebel legislators. The court also said the 15 MLAs should not be compelled to participate in the trust vote to be held on 18 June.
The Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose made it clear that the discretion given to speaker to decide on the resignation of the rebel MLAs should not be fettered by any direction.
However, the parties have been given liberty to approach the apex court once the speaker announces his decision.
The Supreme Court had on Friday ordered status quo be maintained by the speaker with respect to the resignation and disqualification of the rebel legislators.
The Bench had said the case involves issues of substantial importance involving Articles 190 and 361 of the Constitution.
“Various issues of interpretation of the constitutional provisions arise in this case...Question of judicial interfere also comes up.It also needs to be examined if Speaker needs to decide disqualification first," the bench had said.
The apex court last week asked the speaker to take a decision on the resignations during the course of the day.
Fifteen rebel Congress-Janata Dal Secular or JD(S) legislators had moved the Supreme Court with pleas that alleged that the speaker was not accepting their resignations deliberately. The petitioners had prayed the speaker accept the resignations as tendered and sought direction to restrain him from proceeding with disqualifications.