Earlier, Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar today said in the apex court that he would decide on both disqualification and resignation of the rebel MLAs by tomorrow. He also requested the court to modify its earlier order directing him to maintain status quo on the matter.
Senior Advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for the Speaker, submitted before a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that nobody is saying that Speakers are not fallible, but he cannot be asked to decide the matter in a time-bound manner.
He also said that a valid resignation should be submitted to the Speaker personally and the MLAs appeared before him only on 11th July, five days after they submitted their resignations to his office.
The rebel MLAs told the court that the Speaker kept their resignation pending just to disqualify them and there was nothing wrong in resigning to escape disqualification.
Earlier, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the rebel MLAs, submitted before the bench that the Speaker can be directed to decide on the resignation of the MLAs by afternoon and he can take a call on their disqualification later.
He had also told the court that the Speaker has to only see if the resignations were voluntary or not. He said, there is a vote of confidence in assembly and the rebel MLAs may be forced to follow whip despite resigning.
A bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, yesterday agreed to hear today a plea of five rebel Congress MLAs along with the pending petition of 10 legislators. The five MLAs had moved the apex court on Saturday against the Speaker not accepting their resignations.