No stay on Yeddyurappa’s oath, but SC to continue hearing on Friday

SansadTV Bureau


The Supreme Court has refused to stay swearing in of BJP legislature party leader BS Yeddyurappa as Karnataka Chief Minister but has ordered the BJP to produce the letters submitted by BS Yeddyurappa to the governor when the hearing resumes in the matter on Friday morning.

The Congress had moved Supreme Court last night, an hour after Governor’s formal invite to Yeddyurappa, pressing an immediate hearing.

The apex court decided to hear Congress petition challenging Karnataka governor’s decision to invite BJP for forming government at 1:45 AM.

The hearing was held before the bench comprising justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, where Abhishek Manu Singhvi raised sharp objections against the Governor’s move. Attorney General KK Venugopal, and Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh too were in the court for hearing.

Singhvi argued that BJP has 104 MLAs and the Governor has invited BS Yeddyurappa to form govt in “unconstitutional manner”, on the other side, JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy with Congress has 116 MLAs.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing BJP and B S Yeddyurappa, says no injunction can be issued to Governor.

Even though the court refused to stay the swearing in of Yeddyurappa, it posted the matter for further hearing on Friday 10:30 AM.

(With inputs from PTI)