The Karnataka drama saw a late-night dramatic twist with Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra asking a three-judge bench to hear the Congress' and JD (S)' plea challenging Governor Vajubhai Vala's decision to invite BS Yeddyurappa to form the government.
After hearing both sides of the arguments for over two hours, the three-judge bench made up of Justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan refused to stay the swearing-in ceremony of Yeddyurappa as Karnataka Chief Minister and he has now gone on to take oath for the third time as CM.
It will be the third term for Yeddyurappa as CM in 2018. In 2007, he was in the Chief Ministerial gaadi for seven days. In 2008, he got a 39-month stint after leading the party to victory. Will this time be shorter or longer? We will have to wait and see.
Abhishek Manu Singhvi argued the Congress case. Mukul Rohatgi represented the BJP and Attorney General KK Venugopal the Centre.
It was only the second instance of the Supreme Court holding a hearing in the middle of the night. They had allowed a similar hearing in July 2015 to dispose a last-minute petition against the execution Of Yakub Memon, convicted for his role in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.
Final order:— Krishnadas Rajagopal (@kdrajagopal) May 17, 2018
J. Sikri: Orders Attorney-General to produce May 15 & May 16 letters BSY wrote to Governor staking his claim to form the govt
Will not stay the oath of BSY on Thursday. But it will be subject to outcome of the petition here or further orders
Case on 10.30 Friday