SC Rejects Congress-JD(S) Plea Challenging Appointment Of Pro Tem Speaker

Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court rejects Congress-JD(S) plea challenging appointment of pro tem speaker KG Bopaiah, he will continue to be pro-tem speaker.
  • Justice Bobde replied to Sibal: “That will be against our order because we ordered pro tem speaker to conduct floor test”
  • He can take oath as pro tem Speaker but let him not take trust vote, says Kapil Sibal
    Congress leader Kapil Sibal tells court Bopaiah can take oath as pro tem speaker, but let him not take trust vote.
  • Plea challenging appointment of pro tem speaker: Justice SA Bobde says ‘There’ve been instances where senior most MLA wasn’t appointed as Pro tem speaker. Kapil Sibal replies ‘KG Bopaiah has different history. His decision of disqualification was set aside by this Court earlier.’

New Delhi: Supreme Court on Saturday will hear the petition filed by the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) challenging the appointment of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA K.G. Bopaiah as the pro tem speaker to conduct the crucial floor test in Karnataka.

The Congress-JD (S) combine on Friday night moved the Supreme Court challenging Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision to appoint KG Bopaiah as the pro tem speaker to conduct the crucial floor test, with the top court deciding to hear it on Saturday morning.

The matter will be heard by the bench, which also comprises Justices SA Bobde and Ashok Bhusha, at 10.30am, much ahead of the trust vote slated at 4pm. A three-judge bench, comprising of Justices Ashok Bhushan and S. A. Bobde and headed by Justice A.K. Sikri, will hear the petition.

The petition claims that the appointment made by Karnataka Governor Vajubhai R. Vala was “unconstitutional” and requests the apex court to set it aside.

The eight-page long petition copy stated that the court should pass an appropriate order directing to conduct the floor test by segregating the MLAs supporting and opposing the motion in different lobbies of the assembly.

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