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Karnataka Assembly speaker moves SC against order to take decision on rebel MLAs

  • Karnataka legislative Assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar to meet the legislators at 6 PM
  • The Congress is pursuing a disqualification petition against several of its legislators under the stringent anti-defection laws

New Delhi: Karnataka legislative Assembly speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar moved the Supreme Court on Thursday against the apex court’s order asking him to take a decision on the resignation of 10 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs during the course of the day.

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi mentioned the matter before the bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi who said the Speaker's plea will be taken up for hearing along with the main matter on Friday.

"As per the SC, I will meet the legislators at 6 PM," Ramesh Kumar said in Bengaluru.

Though the court had directed Kumar to decide on the resignations during the course of the day, he clarified that there could be no timeline prescribed in the matter. He had asked some of the rebel legislators to re-submit their resignation as it was not in a prescribed manner.

Meanwhile, former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah and state Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao met Kumar earlier today and pushed for the disqualification of Ramesh Jarkiholi and Mahesh Kumathalli.

The Congress is also pursuing a disqualification petition against several of its legislators under the stringent anti-defection laws and has sought to get these legislators debarred from contesting elections for six years.

(Sharan Poovanna contributed to the story)

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