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Orders reserved on rebels' plea

Advocate Satyapal Jain (left), representing the BJP, addressing the press in Bangalore on Thursday. Law Minister S. Suresh Kumar is seen. — Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

Advocate Satyapal Jain (left), representing the BJP, addressing the press in Bangalore on Thursday. Law Minister S. Suresh Kumar is seen. — Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.  

One more Congress MLA, M. Narayanaswamy, resigns from Assembly

The Karnataka High Court on Thursday reserved orders on the petitions filed by 11 Bharatiya Janata Party legislators challenging their disqualification from membership of the Legislative Assembly.

Justice V.G. Sabhahit, who is the third judge hearing their plea against disqualification, heard arguments from both sides for two days before reserving orders on the petitions questioning the legality and validity of the October 11 order of Speaker K.G. Bopaiah disqualifying them.

Meanwhile, yet another Congress MLA, M. Narayanaswamy, representing Bangarpet constituency, resigned from the Assembly, and his resignation has been accepted by the Speaker. S.V. Ramachandra of the Congress, representing Jagalur constituency, resigned from the Assembly on Tuesday. The strength of the Opposition has now come down to 98 compared to the BJP's 106.

In the High Court, the BJP rebels contended that the Speaker could not pass an order under Section 2 (1) (a) of the Tenth Schedule disqualifying them. Soli Sorabjee and Satya Pal Jain, who defended the Speaker's action, said there was limited scope for judicial review of a Speaker's order.

If the rebels were disillusioned with the leadership of the Chief Minister, they could have approached the party for redressal of their grievances. How could they have gone to the Governor and what relief could he give them, they asked.

Ranjan committee

In another development, the seven-member House Committee that has been constituted to recommend action against 15 Opposition MLAs for creating a ruckus in the Legislative Assembly during the trust vote on October 11, is set to begin proceedings on October 28.

Committee Chairman Appachu Ranjan said notices had been issued to the 15 MLAs — eight from the Congress and seven from the JD(S) — asking them to be present during the proceedings. October 27 is the last date for them to reply to the notices. The Speaker has asked the committee to submit its report within 15 days.



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