New Delhi: Supreme Court refuses to stay swearing-in of B S Yeddyurappa as Karnataka chief minister today at 9 am. BS Yeddyurappa can be sworn-in as Karnataka Chief Minister, the Supreme Court ruled at the end of a rare post-midnight hearing on a petition by the Congress-Janata Secular combine against Governor Vajubhai Vala invite to the BJP.
Congress petition not dismissed, will be heared later:
Supreme Court did not dismiss the petition filed by Congress and JD-S, said, “This petition is a subject of hearing later on”.
The SC also issued a notice to respondents including BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa, asking to file a reply.
As the three-judge bench of the SC continues to hear plea of Congress and Janata Dal-Secular challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision, Abhishek Manu Singhvi pleads the swearing-in ceremony to be deferred by 4.30 pm today while Bharatiya Janata Party’s lawyer Mukul Rohatgi continues his argument.
Earlier in Mid Nite at 1:45 AM , The Supreme Court begins hearing on petition of Congress and Janata Dal-Secular challenging Karnataka governor’s decision to invite Bharatiya Janata Party’s B S Yeddyurappa to form the government in the state and giving 15 days time to prove majority.
A three-judge bench of Justice A K Sikri, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S A Bobde hear the petition.
Hearing conducted in Courtroom no. 6. Congress’s Abhishek Manu Singhvi argues for the Congress and JD-S.
Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta argues for the government.
Singhvi seeks quashing of K’taka Guv’s order, direction to invite Congress-JD(S):
Singhvi argues for the Congress-JD(S), “Court may pass an order declaring order of Governor inviting B S Yeddyurappa to form the government as unconstitutional and quash the same, or, pass direction to the governor to invite alliance of Congress and JD-S which has support of more than 112 MLAs to form the government.”
Rohatgi said earlier, “The governor has discretion to call largest party and he has done so. If the single largest party won’t be able to form the government, other party will be called. In case of Goa elections,single largest party Congress had not presented its side, that’s the difference.”
Giving 15 days time to prove majority is unheard of:
Singhvi to SC: Abhishek Manu Singhvi continues argument:
It’s unheard that a party is given 15 days time to prove its majority from 104 to the magical number (112).
Giving permission to form the government to someone who is having 104 seats as compared to the other group that is having 116, is adding insult to injury.
The BJP has just 104 MLAs in support and the governor has invited the Bharatiya Janata Party leader B S Yeddyurappa to form the government. It is completely unconstitutional.
Yesterday, Congress legislature party passed a resolution supporting JD-S. H D Kumaraswamy submitted 37 MLAs’ signatures to the Governor, supporting the Congress.
Can’t speculate unless we see Yeddyurappa’s letter to Guv, says SC:
Hearing on the petition filed by the Congress and Janata Dal-Secular challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision to invite B S Yeddyurappa to form government continues:
Justice S A Bobde says, “We do not know what kind of majority B S Yeddyurappa has claimed. Unless we see that letter of support, we cannot speculate.”
Bharatiya Janata Party’s lawyer Mukul Rohatgi says, “The matter shouldn’t be heard in the night. Heavens won’t fall if someone is sworn in. Last time SC heard in night, the case related to hanging of Yakub Memon.”