Nightly drama in SC over BSY oath

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 May 2018 08:32:24


Delhi Bureau,

New Delhi,

In a late night drama, the Congress party approached the Supreme Court with an appeal to stall the swearing-in ceremony of B.S. Yeddyurappa of Bharatiya Janata Party in Bangalore on Thursday at 9 a.m. A 3-member bench comprising Justices A.K. Sikri, S.A. Bobde, and Ashok Bhushan started hearing the petition at 2:11 a.m.

Senior Adv. Abhishek Manu Singhvi started argument on behalf of the Congress party, insisting that the Governor of Karnataka had erred in asking the BJP to form the Government in Karnataka. Citing a lot of case law, he urged the bench to direct the Governor of Karnataka to defer the oath ceremony.

Former Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the BJP and B.S. Yeddyurappa, insisted that the BJP was the single largest party and that the Governor’s action was justified. He raised a strong objection over holding a midnight hearing and questioned as to how could the Governor’s action be questioned without any evidence. This midnight drama should not have taken place in the first place, he insisted.

During the stormy hearing that continued well beyond 4 am, the Supreme Court also repeatedly asked about the very basis of Congress-JD(S) claim about lack of majority with BJP and whether the Apex Court had powers to restrain the Governor. Congress insisted that Governor was negating democracy and inviting BJP without majority would lead to horse-trading.

Union of India was represented by Additional Solicitors General Tushar Mehta and Maninder Singh. Later, Attorney General K.K. Venugopal also joined them who dubbed it as a political case and raised question about veracity of majority claimed by Congress-JD (S).
Stating that the numbers did not present ‘fluid’ situation, Adv Rohatgi said that the swearing-in should be allowed.