Karnataka Political Crisis: Rebal MLAs move Supreme Court, say Speaker not fulfilling his responsibility by delaying acceptance of resignations

New Delhi: A group of 10 rebel Congress-Janata Dal-Secular MLAs who have submitted their resignations has now moved the Supreme Court on Wednesday, alleging that Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar was not fulfilling his constitutional responsibility by not accepting their letters immediately.

Senior lawyer Mukul Rohatgi filed the petition before a bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi to request an early hearing. Chief Justice Gogoi has agreed to hear the petition on Thursday.

The petition comes a day after speaker KR Ramesh Kumar refused to accept the resignations of eight MLAs. He said that they did not meet the parameters laid down in the rules. Kumar said he would need to meet the lawmakers to ensure that the resignations are voluntary and genuine before accepting them.

Rebel MLAs shout go back slogans: There was high drama outside the Mumbai hotel where the rebel MLAs are staying on Wednesday morning. Congress troubleshooter DK Shivakumar was stopped from entering the hotel with supporters of the rebel MLAs shouting “go back” slogans.

Shivakumar, who was accompanied by senior JD(S) MLAs, told reporters that he had booked a room in the hotel but was not being allowed to enter. “I am not afraid of slogans against me. Not being permitted inside because of a security threat. I have a lot of respect for the Maharashtra government. I don’t have weapons,” he was quoted as saying.

10 of the 12 MLAs wrote to Mumbai Police on Tuesday night, saying that they feared a threat to their lives, and asked that Shivakumar be prevented from entering the hotel.