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Can’t meet today’s deadline, Karnataka speaker tells SC plea; hearing tomorrow

Hours after the Supreme Court ordered him to decide on the resignation letters by rebel legislators by end of day, Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Thursday rushed back to the top court to underscore that he could meet the Congress and Janata Dal Secular rebel lawmakers in line with the top court’s ruling but may not be able to spell out his decision today.

Ramesh Kumar’s application also asked if the top court could dictate a timeline to the Assembly Speaker. It argued that the speaker needed time to verify if the resignations tendered by the MLAs were voluntary or forced. It argued that such an inquiry could not be completed in such a short notice.

A bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said it would take up the speaker’s request tomorrow morning.

First Published:
Jul 11, 2019 14:49 IST

Source: HindustanTimes