Supreme Court/ Speaker’s decision to disqualify 17 Karnataka MLAs upheld, will be able to contest again

  • The bench of Justice Ramna said- MLAs can contest the by-elections to be held on December 5, if they win, they can also become ministers.
  • On 29 July, former Speaker Ramesh Kumar disqualified 17 rebel MLAs during the floor test of the then Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.
  • These MLAs were absent during the trust vote, which led to the fall of the Congress-JDS coalition government, after this the BJP government was formed.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled the petition of 17 disqualified MLAs from Karnataka. The court upheld the former Speaker Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar’s decision to disqualify the MLAs.

However, the Supreme Court did not uphold the Speaker’s order which disqualified the MLAs for the entire term of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. A bench of Justice Ramna said that the MLAs can contest the by-elections to be held on December 5. If they win, they can also become ministers.

On July 29, Ramesh Kumar disqualified 17 rebel MLAs during the floor test of the then Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. All these MLAs remained absent during the trust vote, which led to the fall of the Congress-JDS coalition government. After this the BJP government was formed in the state.

By-elections on vacant seats on 5 December: Elections are to be held on December 5 on 15 seats out of the 17 disqualified MLAs. Earlier the elections on these 15 seats were to be held on October 21, but the case related to disqualification of MLAs was pending in the Supreme Court. Due to this, the Election Commission postponed the voting dates till 5 December.

14 Congress and 3 JDU MLAs were disqualified: The disqualified legislators appealed to the Supreme Court on 29 July. MLAs who have been disqualified include Pratap Gowda Patil, BC Patil, Shivram Habbar, ST Somashekhar, Byrati Basavaraj, Anand Singh, R Roshan Baig, Muniratna, K Sudhakar, MTB Nagraj, Srimant Patil, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Mahesh Kumtahalli and R. Shankar, all of Congress. At the same time, the names of AH Vishwanath, Gopalaiya and Narayan Gowda from JDU are also included in the list.