After hearing counsels of rebel MLAs, Karnataka speaker and the Chief Minister of Karnataka, the Supreme Court bench has reserved its order and will give its final verdict on Wednesday at 10.30am.
The argument on the Karnataka political crisis in SC today lasted over 212 minutes. The senior Supreme Court counsel Mukul Rohtagi, who presented for rebel MLAs, says the government is misusing speaker's office to save a minority government by forcing the MLAs to attend the floor test and vote in its favour.
Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar has no ulterior motive in this case and he is acting as per the rules and procedures to ensure there is no bad precedent set for the future, says Rajiv Dhavan, the counsel of Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. The resignation spree of MLAs in Karnataka is threatening the very base of democracy and therefore, the apex court should not entertain such petition. Dhavan also said that the petition of rebel MLAs should be dismissed since the Supreme Court has no role to play in this case. "The Speaker has to take notice of the fact that 15 MLAs (lawmakers) are hunting in pack...they went to the hotel together," said Rajeev Dhavan.
After the lunch break, the counsel for speaker Ramesh Kumar, Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that one constitutional body (SC) should not dictate terms with another constitutional body(Speaker's office) and set a bad precedent. Abhishek Singhvi pleads SC bench to vacate status quo order on MLAs' resignation saying speaker will complete all the process by Wednesday.
When we have power to ask the government to prove majority in 24 horus, why can't we intervene in MLAs' resignation, CJI asked to Abhishek Manu Singhvi. "Don't question our jurisdiction. Voluntary resignation is sacrosanct and it should be respected under law," says CJI Ranjan Gogoi.