Sixteen MLAs, who were disqualified from their Assembly membership, on Monday moved the Karnataka High Court challenging their disqualification and seeking stay of the Speaker’s order.

The petition is expected to come up for hearing before a division bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar later in the day.

Assembly Speaker K.G. Bopaiah has disqualified 11 BJP and five independent MLAs on a complaint filed by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa alleging that they have attracted provisions under the anti-defection law by withdrawing support to his government.

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