first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court asked the rebel Congress MLAs of Karnataka to meet Assembly Speaker at 6 p.m. on Thursday regarding their resignations and said Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar should take the decision on the resignations on the day itself. A bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said the 10 MLAs, who had moved the top court against the Speaker’s refusal to accept their resignations, could communicate their decision to resign if they so wished, and then the Speaker should take decision today. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us It said the court should be informed on the matter by Friday. The top court also ordered police protection for MLAs after they landed at the Bengaluru airport. The MLAs have parked themselves in Mumbai after tendering their resignations on July 6. Senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, appearing for the MLAs, said the Speaker was not doing his duty by not accepting the resignation of the MLAs. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Instead, the Speaker was deliberately dilly-dallying, he alleged. The court took a sharp jibe and said: “How Lucky.” The court said the Speaker should grant them an audience at 6 p.m., and then the MLAs may inform the Speaker about their resignation. “Speaker to take decision forthwith or in the course of the day. The decision to be informed to the court by tomorrow” said the court. Advertise With Us Karnataka rebel Congress and JD(S) leaders who resigned from Assembly, move the top court on Wednesday alleging the Speaker not performing constitutional duty and deliberately delaying the acceptance of their resignations. Rohatgi mentioned the matter before a bench headed by the Chief Justice, and sought urgent hearing on the matter. The court assured that their plea will be heard, but it could not hear the matter on the same day. The petition filed by MLAs claims that the actions of the Speaker “are vitiated by mala fide as evident in his actions”. According to the simple arithmetic, the strength of the House is 224, the government headed by H.D. Kumaraswamy has lost its majority (112 seats) and after the resignation, its strength has been reduced to 103 seats. “Notwithstanding the same and fearing that the Chief Minister may have to tender resignation for want of confidence of the House, the Speaker is acting in a partisan manner to frustrate the will of the House,” the petitioners contended. The 10 MLAs in the petition have made two specific prayers before the court — direct the Speaker to accept the resignations tendered and restrain the Speaker from proceeding with application on disqualification of the MLAs. The petitioners have also requested the passing of an order which it may deem fit in connection with the facts and circumstances of the present case. “Since the time H.D. Kumaraswamy took oath as a Chief Minister, the administration has come to a standstill and maladministration is writ large. In recent days, the government have been rocked by various scandals,” said the petition.last_img read more