SC asks 10 rebel Karnataka MLAs to appear before Speaker at 6 pm


NEW DELHI: The 10 rebel Congress-Janata Dal Secular lawmakers who weren’t getting an early appointment with Karnataka Assembly speaker K R Ramesh Kumar should meet him at 6 pm in his office, the Supreme Court ordered on Thursday.

A bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi also ordered that the speaker would have to call on the resignations by the end of day and place his decision on the letters before the bench tomorrow morning.

The top court’s order implies that the Karnataka political crisis, which had been kept in a limbo by the speaker, is in homestretch.

The bench, responding to concerns about the security of the lawmakers who are sequestered in a Mumbai hotel, said the legislators could request protection from the Karnataka police chief.

The top court said the rebel MLAs, if they want, could intimate their decision to resign to speaker Ramesh Kumar.

The assembly speaker would have to take a call on the resignation letters during the day. “The order of the speaker will be placed before us tomorrow,” Chief Justice Gogoi said on a petition by 10 Congress-Janata Dal Secular lawmakers who complained that the speaker had been sitting on their resignations to help the HD Kumaraswamy government survive.