K’taka MLAs can’t be forced to participate in trust vote: SC

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The Supreme Court bench fixed March 17 to hear at length a batch of pleas filed for and against the Maratha quota. Photo: PTI

Pronouncing its verdict in the Karnataka MLAs resignation case on Wednesday, the Supreme Court directed that the 15 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs “ought not” be compelled to participate in the trust vote in the Karnataka Assembly on July 18.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also said that Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar was free to decide on the resignations of the rebel legislators within such time-frame as deemed appropriate by him. The court also said the speakers decision be put before it. The bench, also comprising justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose, said the Speaker’s discretion in deciding the resignation issue of the 15 MLAs should not be fettered by the court’s directions or observations and he should be free to decide the issue. The bench, while pronouncing the order, said it was necessary to maintain the constitutional balance in the matter. The court said other issues raised in the matter would be decided at a later stage.

Noted advocates Mukul Rohatgi, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, and Rajeev Dhavan represented the rebel MLAs, the Speaker, and the Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy respectively.

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