Supreme Court denies Congress party’s appeal to stop Yeddyurappa Oath Taking

The Supreme Court has denied to stop BS Yeddyurappa’s oath taking ceremony as the Karnataka Chief Minister this morning. However no decision was taken about the time-frame within which the majority has to be proven in a floor test.

The hearing will now take place on Friday at 10:30 Am.

The division bench observed that the Courts can’t intervene into the decision of a state’s Governor. The Congress party had appealed to the Supreme Court to stay the oath taking of BJP’s Chief Minister candidate BS Yeddyurappa’s oath taking, which is scheduled to take place today at 9:30 Am.

Congress party had reached to the CJI Dipak Misra at midnight and requested him to hear their appeal on a priority basis. Accepting Congress party’s plea, CJI constituted a three judges bench of Justice Arjan Sikri, Justice Arvind Bhobde and Justice Ashok Bhushan for hearing the matter. The hearing was originally scheduled to start at 1:45 Am but after slight delay it stared at 2:11 Am.

Representing the Congress, Abhishek Manu Singhvi asked the court to put a stay on the oath taking ceremony which would take place at morning. However refuting his arguments the lawyer for BJP, Mukul Rohtagi said that overruling the order of a governor is not within the jurisdictions of Supreme Court. Mukul Rohtagi also added that the matter was not urgent enough to be heard at the midnight.

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