Desk. The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that the 15 rebel MLAs of Congress-JD(S) led Karnataka government cannot be compelled to participate in the proceedings of the Karnataka Assembly, which is scheduled to witness a floor test called by the HD Kumaraswamy-led state government on Thursday.
The apex court bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi further said that Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar was free to take a call on the resignations of the dissident lawmakers.
It also contended that the Speaker’s discretion in deciding the resignation issue of the 15 MLAs should not be fettered by the court’s directions or observations.
The bench, also comprising justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose said it was necessary to maintain the constitutional balance in the matter.