SC declines plea seeking directions for immediate trust vote in Karnataka

Calling it “impossible”, the Supreme Court on Monday turned down a plea by two Independent Karnataka MLAs asking for the court’s directions to immediately conduct the trust vote in the state Assembly.

In their petition, R. Shankar and H. Nagesh said they had withdrawn their support to Karnataka’s ruling Congress-Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) coalition and sought an urgent hearing on the floor test in the Assembly.

“We will see,” said a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

Karnataka is facing a political crisis after several Congress and JD-S MLAs resigned from the Assembly or joined hands with the BJP in a bid to pull down the H.D. Kumaraswamy government.

Chief Minister Kumaraswamy had on Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking clarification on its July 17 order, which said the Governor was interfering in the conduct of the trust vote and permitted the 15 rebel MLAs to opt out of the house.



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