Hours after the midnight drama over the formation of government in Karnataka came to an end, though not entirely, the Congress Party and Janata Dal (Secular) Party JD(S) have challenged the Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision to nominate an Anglo-Indian to the assembly.
Within hours, both parties have moved the Supreme Court to challenge the governor's decision under Article 133 pending a floor test.
The fresh plea comes moments after BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa took oath as the 23rd chief minister of Karnataka despite Congress' efforts to stay the event.
The application that was moved on Thursday afternoon, which will be heard on Friday by the same bench of Judges who heard the petitions on Wednesday midnight, the alliance has challenged the authority of the governor over his nomination to the house before the trust vote.
As per reports, the application was placed before Justice A.K. Sikri who was the senior most judge present among the bench that herd the case post midnight.
the Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stay the planned oath-taking of the BJP's BS Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister of Karnataka at 9:30 am on Thursday.
However, after hearing the arguments of Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the petitioners G Parameshwara of the Congress and Kumaraswamy of the JD(S), and Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, the three-member apex court bench did ask for the letter written by Yeddyurappa to the Karnataka Governor staking a claim to form a government in the state. The Governor had mentioned this letter while inviting Yeddyurappa to form a government.
Notices have been issued to Yeddyurappa and the state of Karnataka that the letter be produced by 10:30 am on Friday when the case will be taken up again. Yeddyurappa's swearing-in is also subject to the outcome of the petition.