Karnataka political crisis: Supreme Court has reserved its verdict on rebel Karnataka MLAs plea. The apex court will pronounce its verdict at 10.30 am tomorrow. The Supreme Court is examining the issue of resignations of 15 MLAs in Karnataka Legislative Assembly. 10 Congress-JD(S) MLAs had initially approached Supreme Court. They had urged the apex court to direct Karnataka Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar to accept their resignations. Five more MLAs have joined this group. Supreme Court has agreed to hear their pleas as well.
The five MLAs, Anand Singh, K Sudhakar, N Nagaraj, Munirathna and Roshan Baig, mentioned their application before a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta on Monday.
Supreme Court, on July 12, had forbidden assembly speaker Ramesh Kumar from taking any decision till July 16, that is, today.
Congress-JD(S) and the BJP are closely guarding their ranks after the rebellion. Rebel Congress-JD(S) MPs had been earlier flown to Mumbai and were kept in Renaissance Hotel in Powai. Loyal Congress-JD(S) MLAs and BJP MLAs were herded to different resorts near Karnataka.
If MLA resignations are accepted, the Congress-JD(S) coalition's strength will come down from 118 and 100. There are 225 seats in Karnataka Legislative Assembly. Sixteen legislators of Congress-JD(S) combine and two independent MLAs have resigned so far.
Congress received a minor and short-lived reprieve couple days ago when 1 of the rebel MLAs gave clear hints that he will take back his resignation. However, he flew to Mumbai to join rebel MLAs the very next day. Given all developments so far, a decision by the Supreme Court may create ripples in Karnataka and even national politics.
Here are the LIVE updates on Karnataka political crisis:
3:25 pm - Supreme Court reserves order on rebel Karnataka MLAs plea, verdict at 10.30 am tomorrow
Supreme Court to pass order in Karnataka rebel MLAs case tomorrow at 10:30 am. pic.twitter.com/eEX0oqpAJO— ANI (@ANI) July 16, 2019
1:35 pm - Bengaluru: Congress MLAs arrive at Windflower Prakruthi Resort, Devanahalli from Taj Yeshwantpur hotel.
12:47 pm - Karnataka deputy CM G Parameshwara Rao leaves from Taj Yeshwantpur along with Congress MLAs. Hearing in Supreme Court is still ongoing.
12:45 pm - Karnataka Assembly speaker cannot be asked to decide on resignation of MLAs in a time-bound manner, said Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi in Supreme Court. He is appearing for the assembly speaker.
11:54 am - There is nothing to show that rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs conspired with the BJP, says Adv Mukul Rohatgi in Supreme Court.
11: 32 am - Karnataka Legislative Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar is trying to scuttle MLAs' resignations, said Adv. Mukul Rohatgi in Supreme Court. He is appearing for rebel MLAs.
Hearing in the matter of rebel Karnataka MLAs: Mukul Rohatgi, representing 10 rebel MLAs says, "This is an attempt to scuttle their resignations. The Speaker is trying to make a decision on both the issues-resignation and disqualification-at the same time." pic.twitter.com/RkbVWxjKti— ANI (@ANI) July 16, 2019
11:29 am - Vote of confidence is due to be held in Karnataka Legislative Assembly soon. If their resignations are not accepted the rebel MLAs may be forced to follow party whip: Advocate Mukul Rohatgi in Supreme Court. He is representing rebel MLAs. His statement has been paraphrased here.
11:10 am: Resignations of the rebel MLAs must be accepted, says Advocate Mukul Rohatgi
Hearing in the matter of rebel Karnataka MLAs: Mukul Rohatgi representing 10 rebel MLAs says, "I don't want to be an MLA. Nobody can force me. My resignation must be accepted."— ANI (@ANI) July 16, 2019
11:02 am - Advocate Mukul Rohatgi is representing rebel MLAs. Here are the updates on arguments being made by Rohatgi.
Mukul Rohatgi, representing the rebel MLAs says, "all the ten petitioners (MLAs) resigned on July 10. The Speaker can take a decision if he wants, as there are two distinct decisions of accepting resignation and disqualification." https://t.co/HV92OTs5Gn— ANI (@ANI) July 16, 2019
11:00 am- Hearing begins in Supreme Court
10:46 am - Roshan Baig moves High Court questioning his detention in IMA jewels ponzi scheme case.
10:24 am - Rebel Congress MLA Roshan Baig was detained by a Special Investigative Team (SIT) at Kempegowda Airport in Bengaluru last night. He was about to board a chartered plane to go to undisclosed location. He is being questioned at CID headquarters in Bengaluru. Click on the story below to know what happened last night when Roshan Baig was detained.
10:00 am - Rebel Congress MLA Roshan Baig is being questioned at CID headquarters in Bengaluru in connection with IMA jewels ponzi scam
Bengaluru: Roshan Baig, who was detained last night by SIT probing the IMA case, is currently being questioned at CID Headquarters at Carlton House. pic.twitter.com/2zimBdLj0R— ANI (@ANI) July 16, 2019
8:14 am - BJP is stepping up pressure on Congress-JD(S). On Monday, it demanded a trust vote in Karnataka Legslative Assembly and said that it would disrupt the assembly if trust vote is not held. Read the story below.
8:11 am - In the wake of upcoming decision by the Supreme Court, Karnataka BJP submitted request for no-confidence motion in Karnataka Assembly on July 15. Watch video
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