K. R. Ramesh Kumar

Senior lawyer Mukul Rohatgi said that rebel MLAs enjoy protection from the Supreme Court against disqualification and they were free to participate or not in the proceedings in the Assembly during the trust vote.

The plea was filed by Pratap Gouda Patil, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Byrathi Basavaraj, B C Patil, S T Somashekar, Arbail Shivaram Hebbar and Mahesh Kumathalli from Congress and K Gopalaiah, H D Vishwanath and Narayan Gowda from JD(S).