New Delhi: The Supreme Court asked the 10 Congress rebel MLAs to appear before the Karnataka Speaker before 6 pm on Thursday.
The top court in its verdict also said the Speaker Ramesh Kumar to take a decision today, which has to be conveyed to the court. The court has also ordered enough police protection for the rebel MLAs.
Representing the lawmakers, former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said the Speaker "has made himself scarce, he is not doing what he is supposed to do."Mr Rohatgi requested the court to enable the lawmakers to appear before the Speaker.
The lawmakers, who flew from Bengaluru to Mumbai after submitting their resignations on Saturday, have alleged that the Speaker is deliberately sitting on their letters to help the Congress-JDS government. The Speaker, who says he was not in office when 11 resignation letters came in and examined them only on Tuesday, rejected eight of the letters and asked the lawmakers to meet him on July 17.
The Karnataka coalition, which came to power in May last year, is on the brink after 18 resignations since last week. A group of 11 rebel lawmakers resigned on Saturday and four more have quit since then. The Speaker has not accepted any of the letters; if he does, the coalition will instantly dip below the half-way mark and the BJP can flaunt a majority. But as he received two more resignations on Wednesday, he said the lawmakers should meet him next Wednesday, along with the others.