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12 October, 2010

High Court reserves ruling on rebel Karnataka legislators

Bangalore, Oct 12 (IANS) A division bench of the Karnataka High Court Tuesday reserved its judgment on the disqualification of 11 ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators and posted for further hearing the joint writ petition of five disqualified independents to Monday.
... When the contradiction in the oral mistake was brought to the notice of the bench by the state chief minister's counsel Satyapal Jain, the defence counsel sought the permission of the court to re-submit the joint writ petition.
Though the court permitted re-submission of the joint petition, it declined to stay the disqualification, giving no relief to the beleaguered rebels.
On the argument that the speaker did not give the disqualified members seven days to reply to the show-cause notice, Jain clarified that as per the law, the reply had to be "within" seven days and that the Supreme Court had upheld a similar order giving two days in such a case earlier. ...