SC agrees to hear plea of disqualified Karnataka MLAs

The Supreme Court today heard the plea made by the Karnataka MLAs who had been disqualified by the Assembly Speaker two months ago just before the fall of the Karnataka government led by JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy.

Karnataka’s disqualified lawmakers on Monday also asked the Supreme Court to suspend the process to hold bypolls on their seats till a decision is taken on their appeal against the Speaker’s decision. SC says it will hear on Sep 25 plea of disqualified Karnataka MLAs seeking interim relief in the matter.

Election Commission told the apex court that bypolls for the 15 Assembly seats in Karnataka should not be stayed. The Election Commission said that the Former Speaker’s order disqualifying 17 MLAs cannot deprive them of right to contest bypolls in Karnataka.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the disqualified MLAs, told the bench that as per disqualification orders of then Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar, these persons cannot contest elections for the remaining period of this Assembly which will end in 2023.

The Congress and Janata Dal Secular lawmakers had resigned their seats in July. KR Ramesh, who was the speaker before the HD Kumaraswamy-led coalition government lost its majority, however, ruled that they had violated the anti-defection law and disqualified them.

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