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 Jethmalani moves SC against Karnataka Governor’s decision inviting BJP to form govt


Jethmalani moves SC against Karnataka Governor’s decision inviting BJP to form govt

Last Updated on : 17 May,2018 | Source : Universal News Timeline

New Delhi:
Senior lawyer and jurist Ram Jethmalani on Thursday moved the Supreme Court in his personal capacity against the Karnataka Governor’s decision to invite the BJP to form government in the state, saying it was a “gross abuse of constitutional power.”

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra considered the submission of Mr. Jethmalani seeking urgent hearing and said that a three-judge special bench, which had heard the matter in the early hours, would re-assemble tomorrow.

The bench also comprising Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud asked the veteran lawyer to make his submission before the three-judge bench led by Justice A.K. Sikri on May 18 when the petitions filed by the Congress party and the Janata Dal (Secular) (JD(S)) would be taken up for further hearing.

“The Governor’s order is a gross abuse of the constitutional power and this has brought disrepute to the constitutional office he has been holding,” Mr. Jethmalani submitted while seeking nod to submit his views in the case.

He said that he has not come before the court in favour or against any party but has been hurt over the unconstitutional decision taken by the Governor.

The Supreme Court bench, in a pre-dawn hearing, refused to stay Mr. Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in as Karnataka chief minister after the Congress-JD (S) combine made a last-ditch attempt to stall party’s surge in the State.

The Congress alleged that the BJP, which has 104 MLAs, was invited by the Governor to form the government “in an unconstitutional manner” even as JD(S) leader H. D. Kumaraswamy along with Congress has the support of 116 MLAs.

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