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30 October, 2010

Third judge upholds 11 BJP MLAs’ ouster

Deccan Herald
Bangalore, Oct 29, DHNS: Supreme Court advocate Satyapal Jain, Speaker K G Bopaiah’s counsel, talking to the media after the verdict in Bangalore on Friday. Law Minister S Sureshkumar is also seen. DH PhotoChief Minister B S Yeddyurappa’s government on Friday won a small but significant victory in the Karnataka High Court, with Justice V G Sabhahit upholding Speaker K G Bopaiah’s October 10 decision to disqualify 11 rebel Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs.
Justice Sabhahit, whose services were called upon after a division bench delivered a split verdict, concurred with Chief Justice J S Khehar’s opinion, observing that “the Speaker’s order is in consonance with provisions of Para 2(1)(a) of the 10th Schedule of the Constitution” that deals with the anti-defection law. He placed the rebels’ petition before the division bench for final orders. ...