Karnataka Elections: Ram Jethmalani appears in-person, alleges “gross abuse of Constitutional power by Governor”
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Karnataka Elections: Ram Jethmalani appears in-person, alleges “gross abuse of Constitutional power by Governor”

Shruti Mahajan

Veteran lawyer Ram Jethmalani has joined the bandwagon against the decision of the Karnataka Governor, Vajubhai Vala to swear in BJP leader BS Yedyurappa as Chief Minister of Karnataka.

Jethmalani, who retired from legal practice in September last year, today appeared before the Bench of Chief Justice of India stating that he wishes to make a mention in the Karnataka election issue.

Jethmalani told the Court that he is appearing in his personal capacity and is not representing any political party.

CJI Misra, however, told Jethmalani that the Bench of Justices Sikri, SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan that is hearing the case, is not sitting today and Jethmalani can mention the matter before the concerned Bench on Friday when the matter is taken up again.

Jethmalani will return to the Court tomorrow to mention this case in Court no. 6.

While speaking to the Press outside the court room, Jethmalani put forth his point of view in the case and said,

“This governor’s order is a gross abuse of Constitutional power of the governor and this order brings disgrace to the office he’s holding.”

When prodded further he said,

“Be present in court tomorrow.”

The Supreme Court is currently seized of the petition filed by HD Kumaraswamy and Dr. G Parameshwara challenging the decision of the Governor inviting BS Yeddyurappa to form government in Karnataka.

The Court has directed Yeddyurappa to produce the letters informing Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala of his party’s majority in the state.

However, Yeddyurappa has already been sworn in as the Chief Minister as the Supreme Court had refused to stay the swearing-in.

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