Karnataka political crisis: The Supreme Court will pronounce its verdict over the plea against Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar moved by rebel Karnataka MLAs over the delay in acceptance of their resignations on Wednesday. After hearing arguments from all three sides, the Supreme Court reserved its order till tomorrow 10.30 am. The rebel MLAs, represented by Mukul Rohatgi, told the Supreme Court that Speaker was infringing upon their rights by not accepting their resignations from the Legislative Assembly. During the hearing in the Supreme Court, Rohatgi urged the court to issue an order to the Speaker to decide on the resignations within a time frame. He referred to the May 2018 order passed by the Supreme Court to say “the order which your lordships passed on the first day, asking the Speaker to decide within a time frame”.
Rohatgi argued that the Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar’s decision not to accept the resignations citing they are not according to the set norms is wrong. He said that reasons for resignation could be many. “Unless it is involuntary, Speaker cannot keep it pending,” Rohatgi told the bench. In the present case, he said that Speaker said reason for resignation is to avoid disqualification but that does not mean it is involuntary. “Article 190 says if resignation is by hand and there is no other material, the Speaker has to take a decision as fast as possible. He cannot keep it pending,” he said.
Rohatgi also said that the disqualification proceedings against the MLAs were a clear attempt to stutter the resignations as the government was in minority. Rohatgi said that the Speaker was infringing upon the rights of the MLAs. He said that his clients don’t want to be MLAs and want to go back to the public. “I am not saying quash the disqualification proceedings. Disqualification can go on. I am saying I don’t want to be an MLA. I don’t want to defect. I want to go back to public and do whatever I want to do. It is my right to do what I want to do. Speaker is infringing that right of mine,” he told the top court.