Karnataka Political Slugfest LIVE: Supreme Court refuses to stay BSY's swearing-in, hearing underway

Karnataka Political Slugfest LIVE: Supreme Court refuses to stay BSY’s swearing-in, hearing underway


03:48 IST: “How can we interfere in this matter when you do not have even the letter you claim they wrote to the Governor,” asks Judge Sikri.

03:54 IST: “If President’s rule under Art 356 can be stayed by a court, why not this of a Governor. The Governor has exercised his discretion without the aid and advice of the Cabinet,” said Abhishek Singhvi.

03:54 IST: “Swearing-in ceremony can be held day after tomorrow,” Abhishek Manu Singhvi in hearing of plea filed by Cong & JD(S) challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision.

03:56 IST: Justice SA Bobde said, “we do not know what kind of majority BS Yeddyurappa has claimed. Unless we see that letter of support, we cannot speculate”, while hearing the petition filed by Congress & JD(S) challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision.

03:56 IST: The matter shouldn’t be heard in the night. Heavens won’t fall if someone is sworn in. Last time SC heard in night, the case related to hanging of Yakub Memon: M Rohatgi, BJP’s lawyer tells court in hearing of plea filed by Cong & JD(S) challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision.

03:56 IST: “In a case like this where the opposite side is showing 117 MLAs support, how will you have 112 MLAs support?,” Justice AK Sikri asks AG KK Venugopal, while hearing the petition filed by Congress and JD(S) challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision.

03:56 IST: This petition should not have been filed. Congress and JD(S) should have waited for the floor test to be conducted: Attorney General KK Venugopal, Centre’s lawyer

03:57 IST: “What is bothering us is that this is not a fluid situation. Figures don’t support your case, ” Justice Sikri tells AG Venugopal.

04:04 IST: AG says swearing in subject to the outcome of floor test. SC can hear the matter after floor test, he says. “We do not know whether Yeddyurappa will face floor test. This petition should not have been filed. They should have waited for outcome of floor test,” he said.

04:05 IST: AG Venugopal and Mukul Rohatgi agree for floor test in seven days.

04:26 IST: Apex court refuses to stay swearing-in of Yeddyurappa as CM.

04:29 IST: “Defer swearing-in for few hours so that SC can hear the matter in the morning,” said Singhvi

04:30 IST:
Supreme Court did not dismiss the petition filed by Congress and JD(S), said, “this petition is a subject of hearing later on”. SC also issued a notice to respondents including BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa, asking to file a reply pic.twitter.com/2fBrUDSRDm
— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018

04:37 IST: Defer swearing-in till 4:30 pm, says Singhvi. “If Yeddyurappa comes with the records/letter and the court finds there is no merit in my case, I am out. But once he is sworn in then the whole thing will have to be reversed,” he said.

04:41 IST: Supreme Court has not dismissed the petition filed by Congress and JD(S). It has asked BS Yeddyurappa to file a reply.

04:44 IST: Read | Karnataka Governor tainted with arbitrariness, reads Congress’s writ petition to SC

04:47 IST: Hearing underway, Mukul Rohatgi cites the Bommai judgment.

03:48 IST: “How can we interfere in this matter when you do not have even the letter you claim they wrote to the Governor,” asks Judge Sikri.

03:54 IST: “If President’s rule under Art 356 can be stayed by a court, why not this of a Governor. The Governor has exercised his discretion without the aid and advice of the Cabinet,” said Abhishek Singhvi.

03:54 IST: “Swearing-in ceremony can be held day after tomorrow,” Abhishek Manu Singhvi in hearing of plea filed by Cong & JD(S) challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision.

03:56 IST: Justice SA Bobde said, “we do not know what kind of majority BS Yeddyurappa has claimed. Unless we see that letter of support, we cannot speculate”, while hearing the petition filed by Congress & JD(S) challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision.

03:56 IST: The matter shouldn’t be heard in the night. Heavens won’t fall if someone is sworn in. Last time SC heard in night, the case related to hanging of Yakub Memon: M Rohatgi, BJP’s lawyer tells court in hearing of plea filed by Cong & JD(S) challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision.

03:56 IST: “In a case like this where the opposite side is showing 117 MLAs support, how will you have 112 MLAs support?,” Justice AK Sikri asks AG KK Venugopal, while hearing the petition filed by Congress and JD(S) challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision.

03:56 IST: This petition should not have been filed. Congress and JD(S) should have waited for the floor test to be conducted: Attorney General KK Venugopal, Centre’s lawyer

03:57 IST: “What is bothering us is that this is not a fluid situation. Figures don’t support your case, ” Justice Sikri tells AG Venugopal.

04:04 IST: AG says swearing in subject to the outcome of floor test. SC can hear the matter after floor test, he says. “We do not know whether Yeddyurappa will face floor test. This petition should not have been filed. They should have waited for outcome of floor test,” he said.

04:05 IST: AG Venugopal and Mukul Rohatgi agree for floor test in seven days.

04:26 IST: Apex court refuses to stay swearing-in of Yeddyurappa as CM.

04:29 IST: “Defer swearing-in for few hours so that SC can hear the matter in the morning,” said Singhvi

04:30 IST:
Supreme Court did not dismiss the petition filed by Congress and JD(S), said, “this petition is a subject of hearing later on”. SC also issued a notice to respondents including BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa, asking to file a reply pic.twitter.com/2fBrUDSRDm
— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018

04:37 IST: Defer swearing-in till 4:30 pm, says Singhvi. “If Yeddyurappa comes with the records/letter and the court finds there is no merit in my case, I am out. But once he is sworn in then the whole thing will have to be reversed,” he said.

04:41 IST: Supreme Court has not dismissed the petition filed by Congress and JD(S). It has asked BS Yeddyurappa to file a reply.

04:44 IST: Read | Karnataka Governor tainted with arbitrariness, reads Congress’s writ petition to SC

04:47 IST: Hearing underway, Mukul Rohatgi cites the Bommai judgment.

Hearing of the plea by Congress and JD(S) challenging the decision of the Governor decision to invite BJP to form the new government is underway in the Supreme Court. Three-judge bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice SA Bobde and Justice AK Sikri are hearing the matter. Abhishek Manu Singhvi is representing the case for Congress while senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi will represent BJP and BS Yeddyurappa. Earlier, amid high drama for power and allegations of horse-trading, Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala invited BS Yeddyurappa for swearing-in as Chief Minister, prompting the Congress to move the Supreme Court. Stay with our blog for all the live updates.