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Karnataka: Supreme Court orders Status Quo on Rebel MLAs 

The suspense over which way the Karnataka Nataka goes remains with the Supreme Court ordering a status quo with regard to the 10 rebel MLAs. 

The Court has said that the Speaker will not take any decision on resignation or disqualification. This means that the decision on resignation letters of rebel MLAs and the petition filed by the Congress for disqualification of rebel MLAs will remain pending. The next hearing in the matter is on Tuesday, 16th July.  

During the hearing, counsel for the 10 rebel MLAs Mukul Rohatgi alleged that the Speaker has committed contempt of Court by telling the media that the Apex Court is nobody to give directions to him. He said that if the Speaker does not resign, he should be held in contempt. 

Countering his arguments the Counsel for the Speaker Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that under Article 190, the Speaker has the duty to ascertain that the resignation is voluntary and the resignation letters are genuine. Adding that the Speaker needs time for this purpose, he informed the Court that out of 10 MLAs, disqualification process against 2 had begun even before their resignations. The remaining 8 resginations are now being considered.

 

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