Karnataka Election Result 2018: Ram Jethmalani moves SC against governor's decision to invite BS Yeddyurappa to form govt

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 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form the government in the state, saying it was a 'gross abuse of constitutional power'.

PTI May 17, 2018 12:35:43 IST
Karnataka Election Result 2018: Ram Jethmalani moves SC against governor's decision to invite BS Yeddyurappa to form govt

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 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form the 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 Jethmalani seeking urgent hearing and said that a three-judge special bench, which had heard the matter in the early hours, would re-assemble on Friday.

Karnataka Election Result 2018 Ram Jethmalani moves SC against governors decision to invite BS Yeddyurappa to form govt

A file photo of Ram Jethmalani. Reuters

The bench also comprising Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud asked the veteran lawyer to make his submission before the three-judge bench led by Justice AK Sikri on 18 May when the petitions filed by the Congress party and the Janata Dal (Secular) 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," 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, which also comprised Justice SA Bobde and Justice Ashok Bhushan, on Thursday in a pre-dawn hearing refused to stay BS Yeddyurappa's swearing-in as Karnataka chief minister after the Congress-JD(S) combine made a last-ditch attempt to stall the saffron party's surge in the southern 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 HD Kumaraswamy along with Congress has the support of 116 MLAs.

In the 12 May polls, BJP emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats, while the Congress secured 78, the JD(S) 37 and others three.

Click here for LIVE updates

Updated Date:

also read

SC dismisses plea against dismantling decommissioned aircraft carrier 'Viraat'
India

SC dismisses plea against dismantling decommissioned aircraft carrier 'Viraat'

In the proceedings conducted through video-conferencing, the bench refused to accept submissions of Rupali Sharma, representative of Envitech Marine, that this is a 'national treasury' and needed to be saved

Rohingya detained in Jammu not to be deported to Myanmar without due process, says Supreme Court
India

Rohingya detained in Jammu not to be deported to Myanmar without due process, says Supreme Court

On 6 March, 168 Rohingya found living illegally in Jammu during a verification drive were shifted to a holding centre

SC order allowing deportation of Rohingya migrants runs contrary to principles of human dignity
India

SC order allowing deportation of Rohingya migrants runs contrary to principles of human dignity

The ruling of the Supreme Court is reminiscent of the jurisprudential baggage that India has been carrying since partition