Karnataka HC dismisses 11 MLAs disqualification petition
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Last Updated: Monday, November 15, 2010, 20:54
  
Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court on Monday dismissed a batch of writ petitions filed by the 11 BJP rebel MLAs challenging their disqualification by Assembly Speaker KG Bopaiah, after they withdrew support to the B S Yeddyurappa government.

In its final order, the division bench headed by Justice J S Khehar observed that it had passed an order on October 18 this year, referring the matter to a Single Judge who upheld the disqualification and therefore the petitions stand dismissed.

A division bench had delivered a split verdict with Chief Justice J S Khehar upholding Bopaiah's October 10 disqualification order, while Justice N Kumar had set it aside, after which the matter was referred to a third judge.

Justice V G Sabhahit in his October 29 judgement concurred with the Chief Justice and upheld the disqualification and placed the petitions before the Division Bench for the final order.

The withdrawal of support by the 11 rebel BJP MLAs and five independents had led to a severe threat to the survival of the Yeddyurappa government, which had to face two floor tests in the Assembly.

The first confidence vote was carried by voice vote but Governor H R Bhardwaj had declared it unconstitutional.

The government had won the second trust vote by 106-100.

PTI


First Published: Monday, November 15, 2010, 20:54


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