K’taka trust vote: Bopaiah to remain pro tem speaker, SC rejects Cong’s plea
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has rejected the Congress and Janata Dal-Secular’s plea challenging the appointment of KG Bopaiah as the pro tem speaker in the Karnataka assembly.
Yesterday, late night, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra decided to list the matter before the three-judge bench, headed by Justice A K Sikri, which has been hearing the case.
The matter will be heard by the bench, which also comprises Justices S A Bobde and Ashok Bhusha, much ahead of the trust vote slated at 4 pm.
The Congress-JDS plea, filed through advocate Dev Dutt Kamath, was placed yesterday evening before the registrar of the top court but some defects were pointed out in it, which were later corrected.
In the application, the combine has demanded setting aside of the decision to appoint Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Bopaiah as the pro tem speaker saying it was contrary to the tradition, as per which the post goes to the senior-most legislator.
It termed the governor’s action as a “brazen unconstitutional” act to appoint “a junior MLA as the pro tem speaker.