The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that the court can’t interfere in the decision of Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar regarding the resignation and disqualification of rebel MLAs. The apex court has said the independence of the Speaker’s office is vital. The Assembly Speakers enjoys the absolute freedom to club both resignation and disqualification orders on the same day.

Chief Justice Rajan Gogoi has also questioned the rebel MLAs counsel Mukul Rohatgi over the mass resignation of MLAs in their Karnataka, Rohatgi has said the reason behind the mass resignation could be disobedience. Rohatgi has also said that there’s nothing to show they have met BJP members and are joining a different party. Disqualification proceedings are only an attempt to stall the resignation.

The apex court on Monday was hearing the case of 15 rebel lawmakers of the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition who have petitioned against the Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar for not accepting their resignation. Earlier, 10 rebel MLAs have filed a plea in Supreme Court. On Monday, 5 other MLAs including Anand Singh, K Sudhakar, N Nagaraj, Munirathna and Roshan Baig also filed the plea against the Speaker. So far 16 legislators of the JDS-Congress coalition and 2 independent lawmakers have resigned.

If the resignations are accepted, the coalition’s 118 members will come down to 100 and the majority mark will drop from 113 to 105. The BJP has 105 members and is the single-largest party in the state. The two legislators have, however, decided to support the BJP if they claim to form the government in the state. Meanwhile, the Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar has fixed July 18 as the day for the trust vote.

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