Supreme Court directs rebel Karnataka MLAs to meet Speaker by 6 PM today

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The Supreme Court on Thursday directed rebel MLAs from Karnataka, currently holed up in a hotel in Mumbai, to meet Speaker Ramesh Kumar to submit their resignations at 6 PM today.

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The top court requested the Speaker to take a call on their resignations and apprise the court, which will hear the matter on Friday. The Bench that heard the matter today comprised of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose.

Representing the MLAs, former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said that the Speaker was not doing his constitutional duty. He said that the number of MLAs to have resigned from the assembly had risen to 15 now.

When Rohatgi said that MLAs were surprised that they could not resign, Chief Justice Gogoi said, “Nothing surprises us.” He also asked for the security for the MLAs. The court, according to the Livelaw website, ordered the Karnataka DGP to provide security to MLAs when they arrive back from Mumbai.

Rebel MLAs belonging to both the Congress and the JDS had flown in a chartered plane for Mumbai, where they kept changing hotels. On Wednesday, the Congress troubleshooter DK Shivakumar flew to Mumbai to meet them, but he was denied entry into the hotel even though he claimed to have had a reservation.

The hotel later cancelled Shivakumar’s booking due to an emergency situation. The police had later detained Shivakumar along with other Congress leaders before allegedly forcing him to leave Mumbai citing law and order situation.

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