Ram Jethmalani moves SC against Karnataka Governor's decision

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud asked Jethmalani to mention his plea on Friday before the bench concerned.

Published: 17th May 2018 12:16 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th May 2018 12:16 PM   |  A+A-

Ram Jethmalani (File | PTI)

By IANS

NEW DELHI: Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani on Thursday approached the Supreme Court in his personal capacity against Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's decision of inviting BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa to form a new government in the state despite being eight short of a simple majority in the assembly.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud asked Jethmalani to mention his plea on Friday before the bench concerned.

Jethmalani, who had taken retirement from law practice, told the bench that the Karnataka Governor's order is a "gross abuse of Constitutional power".

The apex court early on Thursday after a midnight hearing refused to stall the swearing-in of Yeddyurappa as Karnataka's new Chief Minister.

Yeddyurappa took the oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Raj Bhavan amid tight security.

The court, however, sought the communications which Yeddyurappa had written to Karnataka Governor informing him his election as BJP legislature party.

The apex court said that the swearing-in is subject to the final outcome of the matter before it.

The bench headed by Justice A.K. Sikri, while seeking Yeddyurappa's response on the petition by Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) seeking to stall his swearing-in, has directed further hearing of the matter at 10.30 a.m. on Friday.

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  • Jaison Paliakkara

    Really gald to see that there is a watchdog for democracy! Proud of You Sir! Ashamed of the Governer and Chief Minister who abused constitutional powers before proving majority. Chief minister has no moral right to execise his powers before proving the majority - that is a BIG SHAME for Democracy and Proud Indians!
    5 months ago reply
  • Jaison Paliakkara

    Really gald to see that there is a watchdog for democracy! Proud of You Sir! Ashamed of the Governer and the Chief Minister who abused constitutional powers before proving majority. Chief minister has no moral right to execise his powers before proving the majority - that is a SHAME for Democracy and Indians.
    5 months ago reply
  • Raghu Chennai

    Mr Ramsethmalini former Law Minister BJP Government & leading lawyer of SC yester years clearly stated that the Governor's decision is against the constitution of ???????? India The SC asked him to present his argument if he wanted tomorrow (18 05 2018) at the SC This Government under the advice of Mr AmithSha would do what ever Nonsense MrAmithsha thought The Democracy is in stake and only the 2019Lokhsaba Election alone will save the country under the clutches of RSS dominated BJP
    5 months ago reply
  • Rgkpai

    This fellow is a complete crack not mentally stable.He said he quit practising law and now he is back.
    5 months ago reply
    • Suresh

      Don't panic bhai pai. Be mentally stable !!!!!!!!
      5 months ago reply
  • C P Venkatesan

    There should be an amendment in the constitution that in an election a party who gets more seats and very close to simple majority should be allowed to form government and they should be supported by other parties. Fresh elections and other opposition join together to defeat the maximum number of seats holder is somewhat not acceptable. It costs lot of money and time and decline interest in election.
    5 months ago reply
    • Suresh

      This speaks of commitment and responsibility . Hats off to Jethmalani. !!! It does not matter what happened in the past
      5 months ago reply
    • Suresh

      Venkat Sir - That's why it is important that we people exercise our franchise properly . Give clear mandate and avoid such situations . I think it is not possible to come up with a solution for every situation without performing our duty.
      5 months ago reply
    • Pradeep

      Nonsense. If it is first past the post system
      5 months ago reply
  • mort

    Congress Financial Frauds
    5 months ago reply
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