Tuesday, 13 August 2019
A plea filed by the disqualified Karnataka legislators challenging the membership termination in the assembly was reportedly mentioned before a Supreme Court bench on Tuesday for an urgent hearing. The legislators have approached the top court challenging the decision after were disqualified by then Karnataka Assembly Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar as per the anti-defection law.
A single-judge bench of Justice Arun Mishra informed that the Registrar would examine the plea. On August 1, the disqualified Congress-JD(S) MLAs had moved the Supreme Court seeking to quash Kumar's order disqualifying them for the rest of the term of the present Assembly.
The petition, filed through advocate Shubhranshu Padhi, had sought setting aside of Ramesh's July 28 order rejecting their resignations, in which they termed his action as "wholly illegal, arbitrary and mala fide action". They also claimed that their resignations were "voluntary and genuine".