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Karnataka crisis: Never done this before, says SC on plea seeking floor test

The court refused to urgently list a plea of two Independent Karnataka MLAs

By PTI in New Delhi
  • Published 22.07.19, 1:13 PM
  • Updated 22.07.19, 1:13 PM
  • a min read
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The Supreme Court. Telegraph file picture

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to urgently list a plea of two Independent Karnataka MLAs seeking holding of floor test forthwith but said it may consider the listing of the petition a day later.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said: “Impossible. We have never done this before. Tomorrow we may see to it.”

The bench's remarks came when senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, appearing for the two legislators — R Shankar and H Nagesh — said he has filed a new petition in the Karnataka matter and seeks its urgent listing.

Rohatgi said the floor test is being delayed on one pretext or the other.

He said when the Congress-JDS coalition can take orders for holding of floor test earlier, then the same order can be issued now.

To this, the bench said: “We will see tomorrow.”

The two MLAs, who withdrew support to the Congress-JDS government in Karnataka, moved the top court seeking a direction for conducting a floor test forthwith in the state Assembly.

They said that the state has plunged into a political crisis after they withdrew their support to the government and 16 lawmakers of the ruling coalition tendered their resignations.