The Supreme Court today asked the 10 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs to appear before the Speaker at 6pm and submit their resignation in person, while also directing the Speaker to take a final call on the issue today.
The court will hear tomorrow the decision of the Speaker. In their plea, the rebel MLAs had alleged that the Karnataka Assembly Speaker was not accepting their resignations deliberately as the political crisis in the state showed no signs of abating. The plea, which has sought direction for the Speaker to accept the resignation of these MLAs, would be heard by a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose.
When the issue of the political crisis in Karnataka was mentioned on Wednesday morning before a bench headed by the CJI, the rebel MLAs were assured that the court will see whether their plea can be listed for an urgent hearing on Thursday.
Rebel MLAs’ counsel Mukul Rohatgi says, “The rebels will fly from Bombay to Bangalore,” He adds that the Speaker will give them audience, which he has not done so far. Karnataka DGP has been directed to provide proper Police protection, he further adds.