Karnataka HC adjourns independent MLAs` case till SC decides matter

The Karnataka High Court on Monday adjourned the final hearing on a petition filed by five independent MLAs challenging their disqualification from the membership of the Legislative Assembly by Speaker KG Bopaiah.

Last Updated: Nov 29, 2010, 14:27 PM IST

Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court on Monday adjourned the final hearing on a petition filed by five
independent MLAs challenging their disqualification from the
membership of the Legislative Assembly by Speaker KG Bopaiah.

The adjournment came following the Supreme Court asking
the lower court to defer the hearing till further orders and
issuing notices to them on a petition seeking stay of the
November 15 High Court order, allowing them to amend their
petition.

"We will adjourn the matter," the High Court bench,
comprising Justices Mohan Shantanagoudar, S Abdul Nazeer and AS Bopanna, said as it took up the case for final hearing.

The bench gave no date for the next hearing, observing:
"We do not know when the matter will be closed (by the Supreme
Court)". The bench adjourned the hearing till the disposal of
the case by the apex court.

After asking the High Court to defer hearing, the Supreme
Court last Friday posted the matter for hearing on December 2.

The five independent MLAs who challenged their
disqualification are PM Narendraswamy, Shivaraj S Thangadagi,
Gulihatti D Shekhar, Venkataramanappa and D Sudhakar.

On November 15, the court allowed the applications filed by the
MLAs, seeking to implead Speaker KG Bopaiah and Chief
Minister BS Yeddyurappa in the case challenging their
disqualification from the Assembly.

The independents, in their application, had prayed to
amend the petition to replace the sentence "the petitioners
had never left the BJP" with "the petitioners had not joined
the BJP at all", contending that the original sentence was an
"inadvertent mistake".

PTI