SC has no jurisdiction to pass interim orders asking Speaker to maintain

first_imgNew Delhi: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy told the Supreme Court Tuesday that it had no jurisdiction to pass the two interim orders asking the Assembly Speaker to decide and, later, maintain the status quo on the resignations and disqualification of the rebel MLAs.Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for Kumaraswamy, told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that the Speaker cannot be compelled to decide this issue in a time bound manner. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”When resignation process is not in order, court cannot direct Speaker to decide by 6PM,” Dhavan told the bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose, which resumed hearing in the matter post the lunch break. Kumaraswamy also told the court that the rebel MLAs were hunting in a pack to destabilise his government and that the court should not have entertained their petitions. Senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for the Speaker, told the bench that no direction was issued to the Karnataka Speaker by the court in the midnight hearing when floor test was ordered and B S Yedurappa was invited to form government last year. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedHe told the bench that the Speaker was yet to decide on the resignations and disqualification of rebel MLAs and the court had ample power to punish. Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar urged the Supreme Court to modify its earlier order directing him to maintain status quo in the ongoing political crisis in the state even as the rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs accused him of acting in a partisan manner by not deciding on their resignations. Singhvi said the Speaker would decide on both disqualifications and resignation of the rebel MLAs by Wednesday but the court should modify its earlier order asking him to maintain status quo. Senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, appearing for the rebel MLAs, argued that the Speaker cannot keep the resignation of these MLAs pending and by doing so he is acting in a partisan manner. Countering his submissions, Singhvi told the bench that Speakers cannot be asked to decide the matter in a time-bound manner. “How can the speaker be directed to decide in a particular manner?” Singhvi asked the court. “Such orders are not passed even to a trial court.” He also said that a valid resignation should be submitted to the Speaker personally and the MLAs appeared before him only on July 11, five days after they submitted their resignations to his office. The rebel MLAs told the court that the Speaker kept their resignation pending just to disqualify them and there was nothing wrong in resigning to escape disqualification. Rohatgi submitted before the bench that the Speaker can be directed to decide on the resignation of the MLAs by 2 PM and he can take a call on their disqualification later. The bench asked Rohatgi if there was any constitutional obligation on the Speaker to decide on the MLAs’ disqualification which was initiated after the resignation. Rohatgi said the rules say to ‘decide now’ on resignation. “How can the Speaker keep it pending?”last_img

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