Putting its foot down on the Karnataka Crisis, the Supreme Court on Thursday, has ordered the 10 rebel MLAs who had filed a plea in the apex court against the Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar, to appear before the Speaker in Bengaluru on the same day itself before 6 PM, as revealed by Supreme advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who represented the 10 rebel MLAs in the apex court.
"The matter was heard by the CJI's bench which has accepted the MLAs matter and has told them to appear at 6 PM today at the Speaker's chambers. This means they will fly from Bombay to Bangalore. The Speaker will give them an audience as that was our case that he did not give them an audience. The Speaker will pass an order on the plea of resignation which will be placed in the court tomorrow. DGP Karnataka has been ordered to provide security to all the 10 MLAs when they land in Bangalore," he said.
Rohatgi has added that apex court has ordered the MLAs to submit their resignations to the Speaker in person clarifying that they resigned voluntarily while clarifying that it was applicable only to the 10 MLAs.
"I expect the MLAs will fly to Bangalore and meet the Speaker and tell him what their wish is - which is that they resigned voluntarily. This order is applicable only to 10 MLAs as they had moved the Supreme Court. The other MLAs can also move the Supreme Court," he said.
Meanwhile, breaking his silence on the Karnataka Crisis, amidst growing Opposition demands to step down, Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy has said that he will not resign stating that similar situation was faced by then-CM BS Yeddyurappa in 2009-2010.
On Thursday, after Congress DK Shivakumar was adamant at meeting the rebel MLAs camped at Mumbai, the rebel MLAs, represented by Supreme Court advocate Mukul Rohatgi have filed a plea before the CJI Ranjan Gogoi accusing the Speaker of having malafide intent of trying to save minority Congress-JD(S) government in the state.
Rohatgi was faced by peer Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who previously represented the Opposition on the EVM issue, as he represented the current ruling Karnataka government.
On Tuesday, amidst the relocation of the current MLAs to resorts to curb defection, the Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar had said that of the 13 resignations he had received, 8 are not filed according to the law.
On Saturday, 13 Congress-JD(S) MLAs had resigned including 1 Independent. The JD(S)-Congress coalition’s total strength came down to 117 after (Congress-78, JD(S)-37, BSP-1 and Independents-1) after Nagesh withdrew his support from the government, besides the Speaker. Adding to this if the 3 MLAs resignations are accepted, the government's numbers will go down to 101.
If the resignations of the 16 Congress-JD(S) MLAs are accepted by the Speaker, the Congress-JD(S) coalition’s numbers will come down to 101, besides the vote of the Speaker. If the Speaker accepts the 16 resignations, the Karnataka Legislative Assembly will come down to 209 out of 225, which will leave the half-way mark to 104. As the saffron party has 107 MLAs in its support now, it can call a trust vote and form a government in the state.