Setback for Karnataka rebels; the speaker can decide Resignation

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Karnataka: Rebel MLA get a setback in Karnataka after the Supreme Court said that cannot interfere in the Speaker’s decision. The apex court said that cannot intervene with the resignation and disqualification of the MLA in this regard. The bench, headed by the chief justice, said the court could not dictate how the speaker should decide. The Supreme Court said this while considering the petition of 15 rebel MLAs. The MLAs approached the Supreme Court after the speaker denied to accept the resignation given by them.

The rebel MLAs in Karnataka have told the Supreme Court that their resignation should be accepted by the Speaker and will not force them to participate in the Assembly session. The speaker is deliberately delaying the decision to resign. Can you force us to attend once we decide not to participate in the legislature? The speaker compels us to stay and speak in a particular group. But we do not want to remain in it, MLA said to the court by former attorney general Rohtagi who was present in the court.

The Speaker argues that Section 190 (3) (b) of the Constitution states that a decision on a resignation can only be made after the credibility of the resignation. The Speaker had pointed out in court that it was time to examine the resignation in detail.

The petition was taken up by a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. Former Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi appeared before the Supreme Court on behalf of the rebel MLAs.

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