A file photo of Karnataka assembly session. (Photo: PTI)
A file photo of Karnataka assembly session. (Photo: PTI)

Rebel legislators meet Karnataka assembly speaker

  • The legislators approached SC on Thursday stating that the speaker should accept their resignations
  • The legislators, holed up in a plush Mumbai hotel since Saturday, returned to Bengaluru on a special aircraft and were brought to Vidhan Soudha amid heavy security

BENGALURU: The 11 rebel legislators from the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular), or JD(S) , met Karnataka assembly speaker K.R.Ramesh Kumar on Thursday.

The legislators, holed up in a plush Mumbai hotel since Saturday, returned to Bengaluru on a special aircraft and were brought to Vidhan Soudha amid heavy security.

Ramesh Jarkiholi, K.Gopalaiah, Narayan Gowda, Shivaram Hebbar, Byrathi Basavaraj, B.C.Patil, S.T.Somashekar, Mahesh Kumathalli, Pratap Gouda Patil, Muniratha and A.H.Vishwanath arrived a few minutes past six on Wedneaday--the time stated by the Supreme Court.

The legislators were forced to come to Bengaluru after some of their resignations has to be re-submitted as it was not in the prescribed format.

The legislators had approached SC on Thursday stating that the speaker should accept their resignations.

Supreme Court on Thursday passed an order directing the rebel MLAs to meet the Speaker at 6pm on Thursday to submit their resignations. The court has requested the speaker to take a decision on their resignations during the course of the day.

The matter will be again heard tomorrow.

The SC bench comprising of Chief Justice Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose was hearing the petition of ten rebel MLAs alleging that the Speaker has failed in his constitutional duty by not accepting the resignations deliberately.

The speaker has also moved SC stating that he could not be given a time frame to dispense the case.


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