The petitioners of the political crisis, which is ongoing in the state of Karnataka between Congress and JD(S), remarked in their affidavit that Mr K R Ramesh Kumar “had made himself scarce” when the MLAs of the state tried to give their resignations to him personally.
Responding to the same, the speaker of the state legislative assembly Mr K R Ramesh Kumar filed an affidavit stating that he was not avoiding the meeting of MLAs. In February 2019, it has been acknowledged by him that when the disqualification petition was filed against two of the MLAs—Mr. Ramesh Jarkhiholli and Mahesh Kumathalli, they were heard, and the disqualification has been reserved. Further, on 1st July 2019, Mr Anand Singh who is an MLA gave his letter of resignation followed by 12 other MLA’s on 6th July and never did they come forward to give their resignation in person. It was 2.30 pm when the MLAs came to his office and went away as the speaker was not available because of his work. The speaker had given appointments to the MLAs on 12th and 15th of July respectively.
The petitioners also contended that the speaker was duly served a copy of the petitions, and he had wilfully disobeyed the same. They also have questioned the time taken to process the same. Further, on the same day, disqualification petitions against 8 MLAs have been moved on by the Congress Party.
The Bench headed by the Chief Justice of India heard the petition and observed that the issue involved Article 190 and Article 361 of the Constitution as areas of Substantial Importance, and directed that Status quo be maintained.
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