Hearing in Supreme Court in Karnataka case
After hearing the case, CJI Ranjan Gogoi asked the rebel MLA's lawyer Mukul Rohatgi to resign. Responding to Mukul Rohatgi, the court told the court that on July 6 the legislators had resigned, the case of ineligibility against only two is pending. 5 more MLAs resign but Speaker is not giving sanction. Disqualification action in this case is inappropriate. He said that on July 10, the speaker had called the MLAs to meet, after the meeting with the speaker he had resigned.
Want to declare the speaker arbitrarily disqualified – Rohatgi
CJI asked Mukul Rohatgi, what basis was given to disqualify MLAs, Rohatgi replied – When your party's MLA is not with you, standing with the other party, then you should understand that she is no longer with you . Speaker wants to disqualify, rather than approve arbitrarily resignation. He said that unless there is any concrete fact with the speaker, the matter can not be investigated in this case.
Whether the speaker should accept resignation or not, we will not decide – CJI
Mukul Rohatgi said on behalf of the rebel legislators, 'I do not want to be a legislator. Nobody can force me for this. My resignation should be accepted. Speaker is trying to stop the resignation, the speaker is trying to make a decision on both issues – resignation and disqualification at the same time. On this, the CJI said that we will not decide if the speaker should accept resignation or not, we can only see that the speaker can decide on which issue constitutionally.
Court verdict can be removed tomorrow: Singhvi
CJI told Speaker's counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi that if you can decide on the resignation, then, in the last 24 hours, we ordered the floor test in 24 hours, then you did not object, because it was in your favor. Then why was not decided on their resignation so far. On this Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that how can the MLAs resign when the hearing is in progress? He argued before the CJI that if you (Supreme Court) remove the ban, then we will take a decision on resignation and disqualification by tomorrow and give reasons behind it. At the same time, in this case Rajiv Dhawan, who has been advocating for Karnataka's CM, also made his stand.
Court should not hear such arises: Rajiv Dhawan
Advocate Rajiv Dhawan said that it is important to know the reason behind his resignation when he was to meet the speaker then he went to Mumbai. The Supreme Court should not consider such a petition under Article 32 of the Constitution. He said that the speaker should not be blinded when the 11 people are being targeted and conspired to destroy the government. He said that the allegations made by rebel legislators are wrong.