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The hearing in the Supreme Court on the resignation of10 Congress and JD(S) Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) from Karnataka is currently underway.
Yesterday, the Court had directed the Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly KR Ramesh Kumar to decide on the resignations tendered by the rebel MLAs. The MLAs were allowed to appear before the Speaker at 6 pm to tender their resignations. The Speaker was required to decided on the issue yesterday.
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.
He had thus sought more time to take a decision on the resignation of the rebel MLAs.
The Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose will hear the application filed by the Karnataka Assembly Speaker along with the petition filed by the rebel MLAs today.
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Live updates of the hearing follow:
Mukul Rohatgi making submissions for rebel MLAs.
Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi now making submissions on behalf of Karnataka Legislative Assembly Speaker.
Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhavan appearing for Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy.
Rohatgi now making submissions.
Supreme Court dictating order now.