Karnataka Speaker liberty to decide: SC

The Supreme Court today said that the Karnataka Speaker cannot be forced to take a decision within a time frame. It also asserted that the .Karnataka Assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar has the discretion to decide either the disqualification or resignation of the MLAs.

In a jolt to the Kumaraswamy government, the Supreme Court said the 16 rebel Congress-JDS MLAs could not be forced to take part in the trust vote scheduled for tomorrow.

“It’s not necessary for the MLAs to attend the session tomorrow,” a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said.  The court, however, said that Karnataka Assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar had the discretion to decide either the disqualification or resignation of the MLAs.

The court decision capped intense arguments on Tuesday during which Kumaraswamy said the rebel MLAs are “hunting in a pack”, alleging their motive is to bring down his government, while the dissidents submitted that Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar wants to prop up a government which has lost majority.

If the resignations are accepted, the coalition would be reduced to a minority in the assembly and leave it poised on the brink of collapse in the climax of a crisis that began on July 6.Supreme Court says larger questions would be decided at a later stage. It adds interim order has been given in view of the special session convened.

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