SC directive : Karnataka Speaker says a time frame cannot be imposed on him

Hours after the Supreme Court ordered him to decide on the resignation letters by rebel legislators by the end of day, Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar today  rushed back to the top court to underscore that he could meet the Congress and Janata Dal Secular rebel lawmakers in line with the top court’s ruling, but may not be able to spell out his decision today.

The speaker argued that the speaker needed time to verify if the resignations tendered by the MLAs were voluntary or forced. It argued that such an inquiry could not be completed in such a short notice.

Moreover, KR Ramesh Kumar’s application also asked if the top court could dictate a timeline to the Assembly Speaker. Pointing out that a time frame cannot be imposed on him, Speaker Ramesh Kumar also approached the Supreme Court requesting a vacation on its order on the pleas submitted by the rebel MLAs.

While the Speaker sought for his petition to be heard immediately, the court refused to entertain the urgency of the petition. Ramesh Kumar’s plea may now be heard on Friday along with the petitions of the rebel MLAs. A bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said it would take up the speaker’s request tomorrow morning.

On a petition filed by 10 rebel Karnataka lawmakers that accused the speaker of sitting on their resignation letters, the Supreme Court had “requested” the speaker to grant the legislators an audience at 6 pm.

If they stick to their resignation, the court order said, “the Hon’ble Speaker shall take a decision forthwith, and in any case, in the course of the remaining part of the day,” the Chief Justice’s bench that also comprises justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose, said.

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