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21 October, 2010

Orders reserved in Karnataka BJP rebels case

The Hindu
Bangalore, October 21, 2010: The Karnataka High Court on Thursday reserved its orders on petitions filed by 11 rebel BJP MLAs challenging their disqualification, prolonging the suspense in the legal battle with a bearing on the B.S. Yeddyurappa government.
Judge V.G. Sabhahit heard the arguments from the counsels of the petitioners and Chief Minister Yeddyurappa during the two-day hearing which concluded on Thursday.
... Former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee and Satyapal Jain, counsels for Mr. Yeddyurappa, argued on Thursday that Mr. Bopaiah not only relied on the October 6 letter of the 11 MLAs withdrawing support to the government but also on their conduct. The counsel submitted that the Speaker’s order on October 10 is “not perverse at all”. ...
... Mr. Jain said the petitioners never challenged “any findings recorded by the Speaker” on the disqualification. “There is no submission in the petition (to the Speaker) that his order is perverse.”
“Even if a member does not say that he is voluntarily giving up his membership, an inference can be drawn from the conduct of the member that he is voluntarily resigning from the membership,” he argued. ...