SC rejects plea on protem speaker, orders live telecast of floor test

RSTV Bureau

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In a major blow to Congress- JD(S), the Supreme Court on Saturday dismissed the petition filed against the appointment of BJP MLA K.G. Bopaiah as pro-term speaker of Karnataka assembly. The petition claimed the appointment as unconstitutional.

The apex court also directed live streaming of proceedings of floor test of Karnataka assembly. Chief Minister BS Yeddyuarappa has to prove his majority in the assembly.

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Governor Vajubhai Vala, told Supreme Court that live telecast of floor test would ensure transparency.

A bench comprising justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan passed the order after recording the statement Tushar Mehta.  SC told that let all the channels should have access to live streaming of the floor test.

“We may place on record that statement of Tushar Mehta is that there would be live telecast of the proceedings of the legislative assembly in respect of the floor test. “It is also stated that secretary of legislative assembly will record it,” the order said.

Senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the Congress-JD(S) combine, have not pressed their prayers made in the application in view of the statement made by Mehta, the bench said.

The bench, in its order, said “We also clarify that there shall be no other item in the agenda that shall be taken up during the trust vote.”

(with agency inputs)