The disqualified MLAs from Karnataka Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking postponement of state Assembly bypolls, which are scheduled to be held on December 5, news agency PTI reported. The apex court, in turn, asked their counsel to file a fresh application in this regard.
On October 25, a bench headed by Justice N V Ramana had reserved its verdict on a batch of pleas submitted by the 17 MLAs, challenging their disqualification as lawmakers ahead of the floor test by the then H D Kumaraswamy government. Kumaraswamy had resigned after losing a trust vote, which paved the way for the BJP-led government in the state under B S Yediyurappa.
Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, counsel for the disqualified MLAs, pointed out that with Assembly seats going to bypolls on December 5, the candidates are required to file their nominations between November 11 and 18.
Since the apex court has not yet delivered its verdict on the issue, the disqualified MLAs will not be able to file their papers within the stipulated period, Rohatgi added, seeking postponement of the bypolls till the apex court’s verdict in the case. However, the apex court asked the counsel for the MLAs to file a fresh application in this regard.
The bye-elections, scheduled earlier on October 21, were postponed by the Election Commission to December 5, taking into account that the petitions of the disqualified lawmakers were pending in Supreme Court.
(With PTI inputs)