Karnataka Political Crisis: Speaker rushes back to Supreme Court, seeks more time to decide on rebel MLAs’ resignation letters

Bengaluru: Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Thursday rushed back to the Supreme Court to underline that he could meet the Congress and Janata Dal-Secular rebel lawmakers in line with the court’s ruling but may not be able to give his decision today. Earlier in the day, the apex court asked him to decide on the resignation letters by rebel legislators by the end of the day (Thursday).

The speaker argued that he needed time to verify if the resignations submitted by the MLAs were voluntary or forced. He said that such an inquiry could not be completed in such short notice.

KR Ramesh Kumar’s application also asked if the top court could dictate a timeline to the Assembly Speaker.

A bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said it would take up the speaker’s request Friday morning.

Karnataka Mass Resignations

On a petition filed by 10 rebel Karnataka lawmakers that accused the speaker of sitting on their resignation letters, the Supreme Court had “requested” the speaker to grant the legislators an audience at 6 pm.

If they stick to their resignation, the court order said, “the Hon’ble Speaker shall take a decision forthwith, and in any case, in the course of the remaining part of the day,” the Chief Justice’s bench that also comprises justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose, said.