Congress approaches CJI on Karnataka issue: Highlights of Supreme court

Source: PTI | By I.G. Bhatkali | Published on 17th May 2018, 9:00 AM | State News | National News |

New Delhi: Following are the highlights of the Supreme Court order refusing to stay the swearing-in of BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa in Karnataka: 

* A bench of Justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan was specially convened at "odd hours" to hear the petition which challenges the Governor Vajubhai Vala's communication to Yeddyurappa to be sworn in as CM.

* The bench noted that it is necessary to peruse the letters dated May 15 and May 16 submitted by Yeddyurappa to Governor for claiming stake for government formation.

* It requested Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre and Yeddyurappa to produce these letters on next hearing tomorrow at 10.30 am.

* The court made it clear that its order allowing swearing-in and government formation by the BJP in Karnataka is subject to the outcome of the case before it.

* It also issued notices to the Karnataka government and Yeddyurappa as it was clarified by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi that he was appearing for three BJP MLAs -- Govind M Karjol, C M Udasi and Basavaraj Bommai.

Earlier developments on Supreme Court :

2:26 AM: Cong was deprived to form govt in Goa despite being single largest party, SC had upheld govt formation by BJP: Congress leader and senior lawyer AM Singhvi to SC. 

2:24 AM: Singhvi says BJP has 104 MLAs and Governor invited B S Yeddyurappa to form govt in "unconstitutional manner"; JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy with Congress has 116 MLAs.

2:19 AM: Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing BJP and B S Yeddyurappa, says no injunction can be issued to Governor. 

2:11 AM: SC bench, comprising justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, commences hearing on the matter. Attorney General K K Venugopal, ASG Maninder Singh in court for hearing.

1:13 AM: SC decides to hear Cong petition challenging K'taka governor's decision to invite BJP for forming govt at 1:45 AM, says Congress leader and senior lawyer AM Singhvi. 

10:30 PM: Cong seeks hearing in Supreme Court tonight on its petition against the Karnataka Governor's decision: Singhvi.

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