Fight for Karnataka: Top five developments from Supreme Court's midnight hearing

Here the top developments from the Supreme Court's midnight hearing on Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's decision to invite the BJP to form the government in the state.

Published: 17th May 2018 10:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th May 2018 10:06 AM   |  A+A-

Senior Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi arrives at the Supreme Court for the hearing of Congress and JD(S) petition challenging Karnataka Governor's decision in New Delhi on Thursday. (EPS | SHekhar Yadav)

By Express News Service

The Supreme Court today declined to stay the swearing-in ceremony of the Bharatiya Janta Party's Chief Ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa.

The apex court's order comes after a petition was filed in SC by Congress and JD(S) challenging Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's decision to invite the BJP to form the government in the southern state.

Here the top developments from the Supreme Court's midnight hearing on the petition.

  1. The Supreme Court refuses to stay oath-taking ceremony of BJP's CM elect BS Yeddyurappa.

  2. A three-judge special bench asked former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi and/or Yeddyurappa to show the letter of support they have submitted to the Governor on Friday at 10:30 am. Governor had given 15 days time to BJP to prove majority on the floor of the house.

  3. In case oath is given, that shall be subject to further orders of the apex court and final outcome of the writ petition, asserted SC.

  4. Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi appearing for Congress and JD (S) told the Supreme Court that one with 104 MLAs is called by the governor to form the government after floor test, not one with 117 MLAs.

  5. Mukul Rohatgi appearing for the Central government told the SC bench that the anti-defection law would come into force only after the MLAs are sworn in.

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  • casbbalchandhar

    Yes Rohtagi is correct and they are now only elected representatives and not MLAs till oath taking takes place.Both Cong. and JDS have no moral right since post alliance can't be taken into account. These 2 bitterly fought each other and enemies are joing now
    6 months ago reply
  • Somasekar. Bangalore

    Even mid night hearing of case of the theKarnataka swearing would take place But the CWMB case will come today(17 05 2018) after a lapse of three months Will the Government prepare and present the draft as per Cauvery water ???? Tripunal?? This Government will not even care of the CONTEMPT of the Supreme Court as the CJI wants to escape from the IMPEACHMENT motion against him The CJI For that He would go to any extreme not to patch up with the four senior most Judges of the apex court ¬ordering to investigate the mysterious death of CBI Judge ??????? Justice Loya
    6 months ago reply
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