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The Supreme Court will pronounce its order in the case on the resignation of Karnataka MLAs at 10.30 AM tomorrow.
A Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose reserved its verdict in the Karnataka MLAs case after hearing the parties at length today.
Senior Counsel Mukul Rohatgi argued for the rebel MLAs, while Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi represented the Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhavan represented Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumarswamy.
On July 10, ten rebel MLAs of Congress and JD(S) in Karnataka approached the Supreme Court challenging the delay by the Speaker of State Assembly in accepting their resignations.
Last week, the Court had ordered that status quo be maintained by the Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly with respect to the resignations by rebel MLAs and the disqualification proceedings against them. The Bench had stated that the case involves issues of substantial importance involving Articles 164, 190 and 361 of the Constitution.
A day earlier, the Court had directed the Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly KR Ramesh Kumar to decide on the resignations tendered by the rebel MLAs.
Hours later, however, the Speaker moved the Supreme Court seeking recall of this order. He had contended before the Supreme Court that he could take a call on the resignation only after an enquiry in terms of the proviso to Article 190(1)(b) of the Constitution, As per the Statement of Objects and Reasons to the Constitution 33rd Amendment, 1974, the Speaker should not accept the resignation unless he is satisfied that the resignation is voluntary and genuine, the application states.
Since the last hearing, the Speaker has filed an affidavit stating that he did not avoid meeting the Congress and JD(S) MLAs who wanted to tender their resignations to him. Over the weekend, five more rebel MLAs from Karnataka approached the Supreme Court seeking impleadment in the case.