New Delhi: Fourteen disqualified rebel Karnataka MLAs from the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) alliance on Thursday approached the Supreme Court against the Speaker's decision to disqualify them for the term of the present Assembly.
These include nine MLAs from the Congress — Pratapgouda Patil, BC Patil, Arbail Shivaram Hebbar, ST Somashekar, BA Basvaraja, Munirathna, AH Vishwanath, K Gopalaiah and KC Narayanagowda.
Earlier, two rebel Congress leaders — Ramesh L Jharkhiholi and Mahesh Kumathalli — and an independent leader R Shanker, who were disqualified on July 25, had moved the apex court on July 29.
Last week, Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar had disqualified the 17 rebel MLAs from the legislature till the term of the current Assembly expires in 2023.
The Speaker said that the 17 lawmakers, who brought down the HD Kumaraswamy government, have been barred from contesting the by-election during the current term....