The Supreme Court of India will pronounce its judgment in the plea filed by the 17 disqualified MLAs from Karnataka challenging their disqualification from the Karnataka Assembly on November 13.
The judgment will be delivered by a three-judge Bench comprising Justices N.V. Ramana, Sanjiv Khanna, and Krishna Murari. The Supreme Court had reserved orders in the case on October 25.
In July this year, petitions were filed by 17 Ex-MLAs of Karnataka challenging their disqualification by the previous Speaker of the Karnataka Assembly. The resignation of the 17 MLAs from the Congress and JDs parties eventually brought down the H.D. Kumaraswamy led regime in Karnataka in July this year. They were thereafter disqualified on grounds of defection by Former Speaker, K.R. Ramesh. The Supreme Court issued notice in the petitions in September this year.
The disqualified MLAs had initially prayed before the Court that they be allowed to contest in the by polls held for the 15 Assembly seats in Karnataka. The Counsel appeared on behalf of the MLAs, argued that disqualification involve malafides and arbitrariness.
The Counsels who appeared on behalf of the respondents, had initially argued that the matter should be heard by the Constitution Bench. It was also contended that the petitioners have no right to approach the Supreme Court in the matter. It was the case of the respondent side since the MLAs had defected from the party, their disqualification was warranted.
On November 7, the Congress party, through Sibal, had sought to place on record transcript of an alleged speech delivered by present Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa. In this speech, he is allegedly heard of saying that the defection of the MLAs was orchestrated at the behest of the present Union Home Minister, Amit Shah. While the Court did not admit the audio clip or transcript as evidence, Sibal was told that the Bench had taken note of the point he was making.
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