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17 Karnataka rebel MLAs stay disqualified but can contest polls: Supreme Court

The Bench said that it did not appreciate the way the petitioners approached the court, bypassing the High Court. SC recommends strengthening the Tenth Schedule “so that such undemocratic practices are discouraged.”
by Siddhu Manchikanti | November 13, 2019 16:27 IST
17 Karnataka rebel MLAs stay disqualified but can contest polls: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the disqualification of the 17 rebel Karnataka MLAs on the orders of the then Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar.
 
Kumar had disqualified these 17 MLAs of ruling the Congress-JD(S) coalition ahead of a trust vote in July. Then chief minister H D Kumaraswamy had resigned after losing the trust vote, paving the way for the BJP-led government in the state under BS Yediyurappa.
 
However, the court allowed them to contest the by-elections scheduled to hold on December 5. Kumar had disqualified the MLAs of the then ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition ahead of a trust vote in July. The disqualification till the end of the term i.e. 2023 has struck down.
 
The Bench said that it did not appreciate the way the petitioners approached the court, bypassing the High Court. SC recommends strengthening the Tenth Schedule “so that such undemocratic practices are discouraged.”
 
Bypolls to 15 out of these 17 Assembly seats which fell vacant following the disqualification of MLAs had scheduled on 5 December and candidates will require to file their nomination papers between 11 November and 18 November. Former CM Kumaraswamy said he was not totally happy with the judgment. “The way in which some political leaders are misusing our Constitutional bodies shouldn’t happen,” he said.


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